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Visit Villacarrillo, Villanueva del Arzobispo, Sorihuela del Guadalimar and Mogón


Villacarrillo

As you stroll through this town you’ll come to an outstanding Renaissance monument that is less well-known than it deserves to be: the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a masterpiece designed by Andrés de Vandelvira, built over the ruins of the old castle. In its interior, attention should be drawn to the magnificent sacristy, the work of Alonso Barba. Its spectacular main façade (Puerta del Sol) is the work of Vandelvira’s disciples, crowned by two bell towers, one of which remains unfinished. It also boasts a beautiful balcony in the form of a short passage. This religious building was declared a National Monument in 1931.

Villacarrillo’s main streets are lined by magnificent stately homes, a number featuring coats of arms, with stonework façades, such as the Palace of Cardinal Benavides and the House of the Inquisition, which retains its original façade, grillwork and staircase. Other noteworthy monuments include the sixteenth-century church of Santa Isabel de los Ángeles, and the old Hospital, dating back to 1645, which is the work of Juan de Aranda.

Villacarrillo was once a small village known as Torre de Mingo Priego, a dependency of Iznatoraf up until 1440 when it was separated and declared a “Villa” (town) by the Archbishop of Toledo, Alonso Carrillo, after whom it was renamed.

 

Villanueva del Arzobispo

In one of the entrances to the town you can spot its monumental bullring built in the Neo-Mudejar style, next to a lovely municipal park with splendid specimens of yew, cedar and linden trees. The most outstanding monument is the 17th century church of San Andrés, built on the site of an old fort of which it still retains two towers with machiolated balconies. The church has a beautiful Baroque altarpiece inside.

As you stroll along the narrow streets in the old quarter, in the vicinity of the church, you come to the Palace of the Inquisition. The Santa Ana convent is another nearby monument in this neighbourhood. The Christ of the True Cross, the work of world renowned sculptor Mariano Benlliure, is worshipped in the church of the Vera Cruz. You will also notice several old stately homes and charming mansions on the main streets.

The Fuensanta Sanctuary, an old fortification, is a magical place, full of mysterious charm, where Our Lady of Fuensanta is worshipped.

Villanueva del Arzobispo was once a small village known as Moraleja, which was given to Pedro Tenorio, Archbishop of Toledo, by king Enrique III in 1396, who separated it from Izantoraf and declared it a “Villa” under its current name.

 

Sorihuela del Guadalimar

Sorihuela del Guadalimar is a small, charming town where visitors are attracted by its history, stone monuments and the church, built in the Renaissance style along clean, simple lines. The tower-belfry was designed by master Vandelvira, with notable gargoyles in the upper part. A majestic tower that belonged to the old 9th century Moorish castle and is listed as a National Monument stands out over the town’s rooftops. The main streets and the main square are lined with interesting and attractive stately homes. You can also admire the stately fountain and public washing place. The small, modest shrine of Santa Quiteria stands 3 km outside of the town.

Sorihuela del Guadalimar is another town that formed part of the town of Izantoraf. It was granted independence by Felipe II in 1595, a separation that proved very costly for the inhabitants, who had to ask other towns in the province for loans.

 

Mogón

Mogón, which forms part of Villacarrillo, is situated in the Guadalquivir river valley, at 400 m above sea level. The town’s lands full of ancient olive trees and fertile plains are also irrigated by the Aguascebas river, for it is here that the two rivers join. Mogón is a popular destination in the summer months. It boasts a refreshing, well-equipped bathing area in the Aguascebas riverbed, at a place known as El Molinillo, where you can spend a lovely day.

Its strategic location at the foot of the Sierra de las Villas mountains makes Mogón a good starting place for series of itineraries (La Osera, El Vigarral, the Aguadero Hondo reservori, La Fresnadilla and Villacarrillo, among others). Mountain or Andalusian style bowls is the most popular sport in the town, which boasts one of the best bowling clubs and two public bowling alleys, one with three lanes, in the centre of town.

The medicinal baths of El Saladillo are close to the town, at around 2 km on the road to La Osera. To complete the leisure attractions, Mogón has two trout fishing reserves: El Sillero, a catch and release fishing reserve in the Guadalquivir river, and El Duende intensive fishing reserve.



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