To break up the long journey to our holiday destination in Portugal, I booked an overnight stay in Osuna.

It is a fine town with many attractive buildings – a result of its long and interesting history. Iberians originally inhabited the town before Julius Caesar conquered it. Later, the Moors occupied it before the Christian forces of Fernando III reconquered it in 1239. Its period of greatest splendour, however, was in the 16th century under the dukedom of Osuna – one of the most powerful dynasties in Andalucía at the time. As a result, the town is endowed with a magnificent array of Baroque palaces and seigniorial houses.

There are also a number of eye-catching religious buildings in Osuna including imposing 16th-century Colegiata that stands on a hilltop, a short distance from the main square, the Plaza Mayor.

Plaza Mayor

It was in this attractive square that I parked the car and we headed of for refreshments. After a short walk in a haphazard direction, we arrived in Plaza del Salitre, a café there served excellent tapas.

Refreshed, we returned to the Plaza Mayor and thence in the direction of the Colegetia.

Iglesia colegial de Santa María de la Asunción (Colegetia)

We then proceeded up the hill to view the church from a different perspective.

doorway of main facade of the Colegetia

Nearby is the old university, the Baroque convent of La Encarnación and panoramic
views of the town from a vantage point at the front of the Colegetia.

University and Colegetia

convent of La Encarnación

During our afternoon and early evening stroll, we didn’t have time to see all the attractions but to see more photos click on the link below:-

more blogs by Robert Bovington…

“Photographs of Spain”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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