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San Geraldo and I drove to Antequera Friday and we were completely charmed and fascinated. Before it was the ancient Roman city of Antikaria around 100 BC, it was an Iberian settlement dating back to around 800 BC. We have a lot more to explore. We didn't visit the Bronze Age structures nor did we get inside any of the buildings. The architectural styles include Mudéjar, late-Gothic, Rennaisance, Mannerist, and Baroque.
|FERDINAND I OF ARAGON, ALSO KNOWN AS DON FERNANDO OF ANTEQUERA.|
(BACKGROUND: CITY MUSEUM IN A FORMER PRIVATE PALACE.)
|PART OF THE OLD CITY WALL.|
|DEDICATED TO THE MOORS OF ANTEQUERA WHO WERE|
DRIVEN OUT OF THE CITY IN THE EARLY 1400s.
|CHURCH OF THE CARMEN, BUILT 1583–1633.|
|VIEW FROM TERRACE OF CHURCH OF THE CARMEN.|
|I LOVED THIS STREET, CALLE PISCINA|
(SWIMMING POOL STREET; I NEVER FOUND THE SWIMMING POOL).
|THE TOWER OF SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH (FOREGROUND), 1548.|
|ENTERING THROUGH ARCO DE LOS GIGANTES (ARCH OF THE GIANTS).|
BUILT (WITH ROMAN-ERA PIECES INCLUDED) IN 1595 IN HONOR OF KING PHILIP II OF SPAIN.
|REAL COLEGIATA DE SANTA MARÍA, FIRST RENAISSANCE CHURCH BUILT IN ANDALUCÍA.|
(WITH SCHOLAR PEDRO ESPINOZA OUT FRONT).
|LOOKING BACK THROUGH ARCO DE LOS GIGANTESS.|
|HEADING BACK DOWN TO THE CENTER OF TOWN.|
(IMAGINE MAKING DELIVERIES ON THIS STREET!)
|ANTEQUERA'S VERSION OF A FRONT STOOP; EVERY STEP IS A DOOZY.|
(AN AMERICAN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER'S DREAM.)
|THE DESCENT ACCOMPLISHED.|
|WE DID A LOT OF WALKING.|
(AFTER MY MONTH OF DECREPITUDE, I HAVEN'T QUITE RECOVERED.)
|BACK IN THE CAR, HEADING OUT OF TOWN.|
|NO OREO COOKIES ON THE RIDE HOME.|
(NO WONDER "THEY" CALL HIM SAN GERALDO.)