Museo de Jaén

In the Museum of Jaén, you’ll be able to see one of the most important archaeological collections from the Iberian world. You’ll have the chance to see the impressive Iberian sculptures uncovered from the Cerrillo Blanco site in Porcuna. The sculptures, which date back to the 5th century BC, tell us a mythical story of an aristocratic lineage where the battles between warriors are shown with impressive realism. In addition, the Iberian monument from The Heroic Sanctuary of El Pajarillo, found in Huelva, is also on display, dating back to the 4th century BC. This monument depicts the moment when a hero is about to go head-to-head with a wolf in the presence of two mythological beings. The scene has been recreated with the utmost accuracy, and you can see the various sculptures in their original positions.

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The Provincial Museum of Fine Arts in Jaén was created in 1914. Alfredo Cazabán Laguna, a key figure in the culture of Jaén during the first third of the 20th century, was appointed as Director. The museum was originally located in the Provincial Council building, which was designed at the end of the 19th century by the architect Jorge Porrúa. However, as this was a shared and restrictive space, the influential Jaén politician José del Prado y Palacio took steps to acquire a 4,200m2 piece of land in Paseo de la Estación for its new site.

The main building has a classical style and a quadrangular floor with towers at each corner. Incorporated into the building are two entrance doors that are symbolic of Renaissance Jaén. One is from the Pósito building, a 16th century work by the architect Francisco del Castillo. The other is from San Miguel church, also dating from the 16th century and attributed to Andrés de Vandelvira.
The Museum also has another two functional buildings. One houses the Temporary Exhibitions Hall and the monographic exhibition of the Iberian Sculptures uncovered from the Cerrillo Blanco site in Porcuna. The other contains offices, a library, restoration workshops and storage facilities.

Visiting Times

1 January to 15 June and 16 September to 31 December:
Tuesday to Saturday: 09:00 to 19:30.
Sundays and public holidays: 09:00 to 15:30.
Mondays (not public holidays): closed.

Summer: 16 June to 15 September
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays: 9:00 to 15:30.
Mondays (not public holidays): closed.

The Museum will open on all public holidays, including local holidays, except 1 January, 6 January, 1 May and 24, 25 and 31 December.

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Location and access:

Paseo de la Estación, 29. 23008 Jaén

 

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ARAB BATHS CULTURAL CENTRE

The Arab Baths of Jaén were constructed in the 11th century. They are situated in the basements of the Palacio de Villardompardo, in the heart of the city’s old quarter. They are the largest and best preserved in Al-Andalus.

Plaza Santa Luisa
Jaén / 23004
Telf: 953 24 80 68


THE CASTLE OF SANTA CATALINA

The Castle of Santa Catalina overlooks the city of Jaén, perched aloft the summit of the hill from which it takes its name. It exercises a symbolic dominion over the landscape, welcoming you to Jaén. Clearly visible from all approaches to the city, this castle symbolises the wealth of history to be found here.

Carretera del Castillo, s/n
Jaén / 23004
Telf: 953 12 07 33 / 953 19 04 55
Email: oficinaturismo@aytojaen.es


CATHEDRAL OF JAÉN

The Cathedral of Jaén, a masterpiece of Andrés de Vandelvira, is ranked amongst the most notable Renaissance works in Andalusia. It served as the inspiration for many great cathedrals built in Latin America. The process has recently begun for it to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Plaza Santa María, s/n
Jaén / 23002
Telf: 953 23 42 33 / 953 24 14 48
Email: correo@catedraldejaen.es