Jaen City - Fascinating Fact 2

The Castle of St Catherine, Castillo Santa Catalina, Jaen. © Michelle Chaplow
The Castle of St Catherine, Castillo Santa Catalina, Jaen.


Early morning view of Jaèn from it´s magnificent Santa Catalina castle © Michelle Chaplow

Early morning view of Jaèn
from Santa Catalina castle

The Castillo Santa Catalina, one of Spain´s most magnificently-located paradors, is located on a spectacular site dating from the 10th century. The strategically crucial Moorish fortress was built by Ibn Al-Ahmar (Ibn Nasr, founder of the Nasrids of Granada), and was connected with the city by secret underground passageways leading to the Moorish barrio. In the remaining part of the original building, the Alcazar Nuevo, a Centro de Interpretacion offers an interactive audio-visual display and 3-D film explaining the building´s history, while you can visit the well-preserved main Torre de Homenaje (keep), latrine, prison cells and cistern.

  • Fact 1 - For centuries Jaen was a battleground in the power struggles between Christian kings and Moorish rulers.
  • Fact 2 - Enjoy bird´s-eye views - in the city´s mountain-top castle.
  • Fact 3 - See Jesus´ face in Jaen´s version of the Turin Shroud.
  • Fact 4 - Taste "liquid gold" in the world capital of olive oil.
  • Fact 5 - Visit the largest surviving Arab baths in Spain.
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