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The Parador de Santa Catalina

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Jaén, Spain.

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The Parador de Santa Catalina was built in 1965 as a replica of the 13th century

Arabic fortress. It's impressive, waving flags greet your entry to the cobbled courtyard of the Parador, go in for coffee under the mighty 20m high vaulted ceiling.

Then take a walk along the cobbles to the castle entrance, now a tourist interpretation centre, which is worth a look around, and follow the walkway to the enormous white monumental cross at the egde of the elongated hill.

From the cross the whole city can be seen in a glance, silvery green olive

trees marching into the distance, the enormous Renaissance cathedral by

Vandelvira, Moorish rooftops and on a clear day the peaks of Granada's

Sierra Nevada.

Written by  Rachel L. Webb.

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Jean is fabulous from the hotel fortress to the 11th century arabic baths downtown,, museums in the city are fabulous as well. What a View!

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Which museums would you recommend to people who were planning to be there for four days? Thanks for your help.

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