Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hospital de Santiago, Ubeda - Andalucia, Spain

The Hospital de Santiago in Ubeda (Jaen, Andalucia, Spain) is a very large Renaissance building designed by Andres de Vandelvira, who was responsible for so many of the lovely buildings in Baeza and Ubeda. It has a beautifully proportioned inner courtyard, but the truly outstanding feature is the staircase leading to the second storey of the courtyard. The walls are covered with beautifully painted frescoes, and the ceiling is glorious. I was very interested to see the coloured tiles on the tower as this is not typical in Andalucia. It reminded me of photographs I've seen of churches in Dordogne, France - I wonder if there is a connection? If anyone knows, please post a comment.

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