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Medinat-Ubbadat Al-Arab was founded by Abderraman II in the 9th century. Fernando III conquered it in 1233. As it was located in a border enclave between the Christian kingdom of Castile and the Muslim kingdom of Granada, the city was given certain advantages in order to fix population from Castile and León.
The economy was based in agriculture and livestock farming. The handmade industry (pottery, esparto) diversified. The good communications due to the geographic situation of Ubeda and the presence of a powerful nobility made the city flourish during the 16th century. In this period many important buildings were built, thanks to architects like Siloé, Berruguete and Vandelvira.

The family de los Cobos-de Molina was the most important. Francisco de los Cobos became the Emperor Charles V's Prime Secretary of State, and got a lot of important charges. He ordered the construction of some representative buildings in Ubeda such as El Salvador Sacred Chapel.
UNESCO declared Ubeda’s Renaissance monuments a World Heritage Site in a cultural unity with Baeza in 2003. The city is a good starting point to tour the region: cities and villages such as Baeza, Canena and Sabiote, even Jaén (capital of the province), Sierra de Cazorla and Sierra Mágina.

  • Last visit to Úbeda: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 16, 2010
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    Ubeda looks like a nice town to walk around in and admire beautiful buildings!

  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    You have such knowledge! I love Ubeda

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2009 at 3:07 AM

    Very informative page on a fascinating place! And the apartments of Casa Ventura look like the best place to visit the town.

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2009 at 4:37 AM

    Seems like even with two weeks in Andalucia that we missed many things so must return, thanks for sharing. Martin

  • marsistanbul's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:44 AM

    Hola Carmen:) a magic touch..now,u're a gold member..Congrats!! saludos para ti..

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Thank you Carmen for sharing! This is another wonderful place in Andalucia which I unfortunately missed during my short visit there.


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