Puente de Génave

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Puente de Génave

Puente de Genave is on the banks of the Guadalimar river, in the midst of olive grove country, and it is very well communicated by the N-322 main road that passes right next to it. Although it is a relatively modern town – it gained town status in 1933 – it still preserves some traces of its historic past, embodied in the Roman bridge of Puente Viejo and in the new bridge, Puente Nuevo, which was built next to it in the 19th century. The controversial Unicaja bank building, that has been considered an example of kitsch architecture, also draws visitors’ attention. The parish church of San Isidro Labrador was erected in the 19th century.

Another surprise is the sculptures that appear in many spots in the town, owing to a competition that is held every year. There is also the Water Route that follows the banks of the Guadalimar river and has sculptures and information panels at regular intervals, as well as several fountains. Close to the town there is a mill known as the Molino de la Vicaría, which was used in the past both to grind grain and to produce electricity. It is not open to the public but the machinery inside it is still in good working condition. The nearby and delightful village of Peñolite is at the head of a fertile plain where vegetable gardens are still cultivated.


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