After we parked our rental car Friday in the center of town, we headed up a random street to find the tourist office. Every street we walked in Antequera was a revelation. The one we happened to choose, Calle Lucena, was lined with former private palaces, most built in the 18th century and most beautifully restored and maintained.
The first four photos were taken (on Calle Lucena) of the palace of Francisco Arias Castillo Fajardo y Muñoz (Second Marquis of Villadarias). The Marquis built the palace in 1711 and lived there until his death in 1716. It's said to be the best Baroque building of its kind in Antequera. (Click any of the images to see the humble homes in a bit more grandeur.)
|PALACE OF THE MARQUIS OF VILLADARIAS.|
|THE FRONT DOORS.|
(NOTE THE CUTOUTS FOR THE CARRIAGE WHEELS.)
|A PEAK AT THE INNER COURTYARD THROUGH A 19TH-CENTURY GATE.|
Following are shots of other "houses" around town. No doubt some of these homes were women's castles, too. The houses and palaces can look austere at times from the street. Most open into large inner courtyards filled with light, gardens, and fountains.
|BACK ON CALLE LUCENA.|
(THE MARQUIS' HOUSE IS SECOND ON THE LEFT.)