Grotto of Wonders
Stalactitic formations, stalagmites, columns, gours, castings, pisolitos, eccentrics, curtains… a whole world that the persistence of water, stone and time have been shaping so that the human imagination can feel the exact dimension of nature. Scattered along a circular route, with galleries that overlap in 3 levels of different heights, lulled by the silence that the water of its lakes is able to propose, by the magical soniquete that the persevering drip from the heights marks as a compass of the geological tempo of the earth, the surprises are presented to its visitors.
The castle was built in the mid-thirteenth century and remained in use until the early sixteenth century, when it was losing its military functionality. During the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries it was used, again, as a barracks of troops during the conflict of the Portuguese Restoration and the French occupation in the War of Independence. The fortress of Aracena was divided into a parade ground and fortress, separated by a wall where the Torre Mayor stood out, was the origin of the current Aracena. Archaeological evidence indicates two great moments of occupation. The first stage corresponds to the tenth to eleventh centuries during the moments of the Caliphate of Cordoba and the Taifa Kingdom of Seville. The second stage takes place from the twelfth century to the middle of the thirteenth century when Al-Andalus was part of the Almoravid and Almohad empires.
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Interpretation Center of the Natural Park
This center tries to bring the visitor all the natural and cultural aspects existing in it. At the end of 2009 it has undergone a remodeling in terms of its content and an update in its exhibition, making it much more dynamic and interactive. Throughout its route, the visitor will be able to know aspects such as all the natural parks declared in Andalusia, in the specific area enabled for the RENPA (Network of Protected Spaces of Andalusia), in addition to everything related to its flora, fauna, gastronomy, customs, traditions … The visit is completed with an interactive room that recreates two of the most significant forests of this park, the dehesa and the chestnut tree and with an audiovisual of about 15 minutes long, which runs through all the municipalities that compose it.
Priory Church of the Greatest Pain
On the top of the mountain that dominates the town stands the oldest and most emblematic church in Aracena. It consists of three naves at the same height with choir at the feet and polygonal presbytery to which the tower is attached on the side of the Gospel. On the gable wall appears a porch, while the apse is shown interrupted by a large baroque dressing room. Inside, there are ribbed vaults of starry scheme that rest on slender pillars.
The construction of the temple must have begun at the end of the thirteenth century, raising the presbytery and the first sections of naves, where archaic forms are observed. The works were paralyzed throughout the fourteenth century, to resume at the beginning of the fifteenth century, lasting throughout this century, in which the influence of the cathedral of Seville is clearly appreciated. The tribune of the choir, the cover of the feet and the one on the north side are already of a late Gothic.