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“Very beautiful”

Hospital de Santiago
Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Ubeda
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

Worth a look and thought it was very lovely. Walk around town and you can tick all the sights off in a couple of hours and then go for some tapas and a cana!

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Reviewed 20 April 2012

The Hospital de Santiago is the biggest Renaissance building in Ubeda and it was constructed by the architect Andres de Vandelvira. Since it is very big, it is considered as the Andalusian El Escorial. Diego de los Cobos was the Bishop of Jaen and he ran the hospital at the time of King Carlos V, Diego being the nephew of the king's Secretary of State, Francisco de los Cobos. The bishop is buried in the chapel. The building was started in 1562 and finished in 1575. The style is late Renaissance in the Mannerist style. The facade is quite plain and has four towers that are decorative. The facade has a relief of Santiago Matamoros because many of the embers of the family were part of the Military Order of Santiago. The main door has the inscription of "Maria concebida sin pecado", which means "Mary conceived without sin".

There is a large square patio in the middle of the building and two other lateral patios, which are rectangular in form. One of the lateral patios has an impressive staircase that goes to the first floor, with a marble banister and a dome filled with beautiful frescoes. The chapel opens up to the large main patio. the central patio has a double arcade with marble Corinthian columns with Mudejar style. The staircase is monumental and the vault has frescos that show the Castilian kings, the fathers of the church, and female saints.

There is a very big and beautiful chapel inside the building. The altarpiece of the chapel is gilded and is a work of Blas Brito and Luis de Zayas. The vaults of the chapel are covered with paintings done in fresco. The sacristy is decorated with paintings showing the old gods and the fathers of the church, as well as the figure of Christ fallen and an Ecce Homo. The pre-sacristy has paintings of the four prophets in vivid colors.

The building was used as a hospital until 1975. Today the building has an exhibition space, an auditorium, library, dance school, and is the home of the Youth Orchestra of Andalusia, and is used for cultural purposes.

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