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Olvera

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  • Day218

    Olvera 2

    April 14 in Spain

    The XIIth C Fortelleza, built as part of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada's defensive perimeter, (and manned by the famous Granadiers,) has been well restored and commands the countryside at 623m above sea level.
    There is a famous Andaluz saying: 'Kill your man and flee to Olvera!' as it was so remote from Spanish intervention.
    The old Arab town dribbles away to the plains beneath it.
    If you ever plan to visit, bring a bike as the 38km 'ruta verde' abandoned rail-line hiker/biker route linking it to Puerto Serrano looks like it is worth a trip.Read more

  • Day219

    Setenil de las Bodegas

    April 15 in Spain

    This intriguing little town originated in caves along the Trejo river, which at least from Arabic times have been turned into houses by the simple addition of facades. Continuous human occupation has erased any record of ancient dwellings, though the nearby Cueva de la Pileta shows evidence of habitation over 25,000 years old.
    Modern Setenil begins in 1484, relatively late in the Christian Reconquest, when the Christian armies expelled its Moorish, Granada-led Nasrid rulers
    It took the Christians fifteen days to expel the Moors in 1484 from the castillo. The town name is believed to have been taken from the Roman Latin phrase "septem nihil", "seven times no", a phrase possibly linked to earlier invasions or skirmishes.
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  • Day218

    Olvera

    April 14 in Spain

    There is archaelogical evidence of human habitation in this area for more than 12,000 years (Palaeolithic) and historic for 2,000. Another town settled by the Phoenicians and Romans, whonamed it Hippa or Hippo Nova.
    Visigoths from the Baltic regiontook it in the 5th century ACE, and the Berber armies from north Africa in the 9th century. They called it Wubira, or possibly Uriwila, and managed to hold it under the rule of Granada's Nasrid rulers until the town fell to the Christian reconquistadores in 1327.
    The Iglesia de Nuestra Signora de la Encarnación church is relatively new, (1841,) built ontop of the old gothic cathedral ontop of a mosque. Up close it is peeling and crcking, so I didn't pay to enter.
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  • Day219

    Olvera town

    April 15 in Spain

    Leaving town.
    I could have bought 190 sq m of house - a do-er upper -in the old town for 30,000 Euros. But so many Brits have built inappropriate dwellings in Spain that the authorities have made it expensive to refurbish buildings and impossible to diverge from the original design and materials.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Olvera, أولفيرا, Ольвера, 奥尔维拉

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