Lucena, with its own light
City that shines with its own light, Lucena. In the South of the province of Córdoba, this great city is located. Its environment was inhabited by pre-Neanderthals 450,000 years ago and later constituted the only city inhabited exclusively by Jews between the 8th and 12th century.
Fist of all, due to its good border position, the old Eliossana received a large Jewish population. This situation became a city inhabited entirely by Jews in the Muslim Middle Ages and known as La Perla de Sefarad or the City of Poets for its important cultural dynamism. From this splendid time is today present in its Jewish necropolis and some structures of its typical streets of the Jewish period, among others.
In addition, it has an Almohad fortress, Castillo del Moral, which housed as prisoner King Boabdil “El Chico”, the last Nasrid king of Granada as a result of the defeat at the battle of Martín González. Today the defensive fortress houses the Archaeological and Ethnological Museum inside.
However, Lucena is also famous for hosting magnificent examples of the Cordovan Baroque, with the imposing Sagrario de San Mateo being its highest expression, being other examples of it, the Palace of the Counts of Santa Ana and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Araceli.
The Middle Cities Foundation of the Center of Andalusia, through its “Your History” brand, offers a list of experiences that include different routes with host and unique activities to learn the magic of Lucena.