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Tours of baroque Andalusia
This aims to be a succinct guide of Andalusian baroque, an imported style, which was adopted wholeheartedly in Andalusia according to the region`s artistic tradition - so inclined to the decorative arts. Its development during the 17th and 18th centuries evolved in a historical and cultural context that started with the Counter-Reformation and ended with the Enlightenment.
This period has two fundamental features. On the one hand, the existence of an exacerbated religious mentality that found expression in the creation of a large number of religious foundations and buildings where some orders stood out (Carmelites, Jesuits, Congregation of St. Philip Neri, Trinitarians).
On the other hand, the vigour and wealth of the large agricultural towns in 18th century Andalusia - and of the Church, as owner of the land - which prepared the way for urban reforms and the development of its religious and civilian architecture.
Thus, this style exists par excellence in the large cities - Granada, Seville, Málaga, Córdoba and Cádiz - but is also present with a special flavour in medium-sized towns (such as Guadix, Priego, Lucena, Antequera, Osuna, Jerez and Écija), where the baroque generated urban landscapes full of colourful façades, domes, lanterns, bell gables, towers, and crosses.