santa fe

Popularly known as the city where Discovery of America was forged, Santa Fe was the place where the Catholic Monarchs, just in middle of the Spanish War of reconquest against the muslims, signed with the famous Capitulations for Christopher Columbus. So they could financed the Genoese seaman's travel for discover a new path to the India, that finished with the Discovery of America.

Placed in the heart of Granada's Vega outsides. All the old town is designated as a Historic-Artistic place. Its route is marked by buildings and monuments. The gates of the city, the Encarnation's Church, the baroque monastery of the Augustinians, complete an attractive itinerary. Beyond are the fertile lands of the Granada's Valley, watered by a multitude of canals that run through the dense fields of intensive farming, corn, poplar, gardens, dotted with farmhouses and dryers snuff. The municipality has a reputed Humor Theatre Festival, the Casa America's Institute welcomes, and the famous "piononos" sweetmeats (one of the most typical from Granada) are enough excuses to visit us.

HISTORY

The town was founded in 1491 by The Catholic Kings: Fernando and Isabel as a military camp set up to besiege the city of Granada. It was drawn line, with rectangular and one door on each side. It is shaped like a cross and his name is given as a Christian symbol of the fight against Muslims.

Santa Fe served as Fernando and Isabel's court, simultaneously until the departure of the Kings in May 1492. Also in Santa Fe was signed on November 25, 1491 the capitulations between Muslim King Boabdil and Isabel and Fernando. Within its walls were held the crucial meetings with Christopher Columbus that led as admiral who lead the discovery of America.

GASTRONOMY

The local cuisine is based on the excellent vegetables and fruits from the orchards of Granada's Valley. Large roots are dishes made with thyme and herbs, as well as sweets emblematic of Santa Fe, piononos, some baba cakes with cream, topped with slightly burnt sugar created in honor of Pope Pio IX.

WHAT'S TO VISIT?

- Church of Our Lady of the Encarnación.

Neoclassical style, was erected in the 18TH century build in the same place where the Catholic Kings ordered a first one that was demolished by an earthquake.

- Santa Fe's Main Gates. The original military camp was surrounded by a wall four-door open that there are three: called Jaén, Granada and Seville gate. The three ones were restored in the 18TH century and their chapels contain diferent religius images of different famous sculptors.

- Gallegos's chapel. In 1498 lot of people from Galicia's lands that had participated in Granada's War, built a chapel which they called 'the Galicians', which has a rococo boudoir and which is the Lord of Health. Currently out in procession on 9 March for the move to the Encarnación church, on 18 and 30 March for the procession to the Holy Way of the Cross along the path that has the same name.

- Town Hall. In the same square as the church is the Town Hall. Neomudejar style building of three floors plus an attic, the facade is made of bricks and ceramic tiles glazed in Arabic style.

- The Pósito Building. Located on the south side of the same square as the town hall and the church, is a clear example of civil and administrative architecture of the reign of Carlos III of Spain. Served to store and manage the harvest of wheat and cereals. Today the building houses the Tourist Office. Also used to house various exhibitions of visual art, photography, some Christmas scenes, etc..

FESTIVALS

Las Capitulaciones' Festival - April 17
International Humor Festival - October 9-18
Columbus Day - October 12
Pilgrimage of Saint Agustin - August 28
Santa Catalina - November 25

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