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Priego de Córdoba (Córdoba)

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Priego de Córdoba (Córdoba)

BACKGROUND

Priego de Córdoba is located –as it name indicates– in the province of Córdoba and currently has a population of 23,000 in an area of 80 km². Nestled within the Sierras Subbéticas natural park, the town preserves the very essence of Andalusia.

Priego de Córdoba is located at the foot of a natural vantage point, where a fertile plain is surrounded by a ring of elevated land. These geographical factors made for early human occupation, which evolved over several centuries of its history.

King Ferdinand III seized the town from the Moors in 1225, only for it to fall back into Almoravid hands.

At the turn of the sixteenth century, with the stability that set in once the conflicts with the Moors were resolved, the town experienced an economic upsurge, mainly due to the growing textile industry. It was thanks to this wealth that the town was able to introduce Baroque architecture to its streets, which today represents one of its main artistic legacies.

WHAT TO SEE

There are numerous reasons to visit Priego de Córdoba, starting with the town’s old quarter, the Barrio de la Villa, a former Moorish neighbourhood, which is a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets. The castle –originally a Moorish military fortress– contains the Torre del Homenaje tower, awarded National Historic-Artistic Monument status.

Baroque features heavily in the town’s historic centre, especially its ornate churches: Asunción, Aurora, San Francisco, San Pedro, Las Mercedes, Del Carmen, Las Angustias and San Juan de Dios.

The Mannerist-style Carnicerías Reales building, originally the slaughterhouse and meat market, is also worth visiting. However, the town’s most symbolic monument is the Fuente del Rey-Fuente de la Salud fountain, which combines water and mythology.

In addition to its wonderful monumental heritage, Priego de Córdoba is renowned for its surrounding countryside and the Sierras Subbéticas natural park.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

Priego de Córdoba has some of the most outstanding Holy Week traditions in the area. The entire town demonstrates its fervour and emotion by taking to the streets to accompany the wonderful processions presided by extraordinary sculptures.

The solemnity of the religious brotherhoods from Palm Sunday onwards contrasts with the explosion of popular devotion on Good Friday, when an overwhelming number of people try to help carry the Jesus the Nazarene sculpture up the Calvario hill, where the image blesses the thousands of the symbolic “hornazos” (a local pie) carried by the faithful.

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