Jayne and myself set off North to spend the day in the city of Jaen, we arrived a little earlier than we had expected as a large amount of repairs have been carried out on the motorway between Granada and Jaen. Parking was no problem and quite near the centre. We headed straight for the Cathedral, whilst I do not think it was quite as impressive as Sevilla or Granada it was well worth a visit and it took a good hour and a half to have a good look around. Several Lesser Kestrels (Cernicalo Primilla / Falco naumanni) were seen around the towers and good numbers of both Common (Vencejo Común / Apus apus) and Pallid Swifts (Vencejo Pálido) screamed along the streets.
|One of the many great buildings.|
We then walked though the narrow streets to the Palacio de Villadompardo which was built in 1592 over the top of the Arab Baths, they were rediscovered in 1913 and have now been well restored. In the part of the Palacio there is an art gallery which had a display of modern works from Spain and Portugal. From the galleries you can make your way down to the Arab baths and into a museum of agricultural equipment. The whole two and a half hours spent here was worth while, there were so many things of interest that we will be back there again.
We then made our way back though the streets calling at several more smaller Churches and monuments before finding our way back to the car.