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The most attractive monument in this great olive-growing town is the church of La Asunción, designed by architect Andrés de Vandelvira, built in the 16th and 17th century, and listed as a National Monument in 1931. The building stands on the ruins of an old Moorish lookout tower and is surprisingly spacious, with beautiful, unique vaults. Inside, the parish Museum of La Asunción houses works from several local churches, and others donated by the brotherhoods and the parishioners, including 17th-19th century gold and silver works, prayer books, bibles and chasubles.

The church of Santa Isabel de los Ángeles is on the steep ‘Cuesta de las Monjas’ (Nuns’ hill), as Ramón y Cajal street is known locally. The building next to the church was a cloister convent until 1737, a public prison during the French occupation, and a hospital to which the services of the old San Lorenzo hospital were transferred in 1884. Today it houses several municipal premises.

The country gentlemen of Villacarrillo grew prosperous in the second half of the 19th century, giving rise to interestingly eclectic and historicist architecture along part of La Feria street. This is the street where you’ll come to the Casa del Cardenal Benavides, the Casa de los Régil and the Casa de los Rubiales. They are only a few examples of the series of family mansions that you’ll discover as you stroll along La Feria street.

The Casa de la Inquisición (the House of the Inquisition), on Repullete street, in the old quarter of town, is another important historical building in Villacarrillo. It is a three-storey building, probably built in the 16th and 17th centuries, which has been completely reconstructed from the inside.

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