Villanueva del Arzobispo

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Villanueva del Arzobispo

The centre of this olive-growing town is the Plaza Mayor (main square), surrounded by modernist houses and with a charming bandstand, a testimony to the town’s long musical tradition and highly popular municipal band.

Villanueva’s old quarter clusters around the Santa Ana convent and the church of San Andrés, where a medieval fortification once stood, to be replaced centuries later by the town's main Renaissance and Baroque buildings. After the 19th century, the Plaza Mayor became a point of reference in a new city interested in eclectic and historicist architecture.

Only a historical memory remains of the castle Villanueva boasted in the Middle Ages, together with a few scattered remnants remain of the original materials reused to build other monuments, such as the church of San Andrés. The largest church in the town was rebuilt in the 17th century on the ruins of an earlier church located in the lost fortification.

The convent of Santa Ana is nearby, founded in 1540 by Friar Domingo de Baltanás. Built around a Renaissance cloister, the walls of the convent's refectory still preserve the murals painted only forty years after the convent was founded, as well as the coat of arms of the Order of Santo Domingo.

The Shrine of La Fuensanta is another interesting place in a pleasant, quiet setting.

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