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.
It was in this attractive square that I parked the car and we…
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