HOUSE OF THE SILK WORKERS’ GUILDThis house from the 18th century belonged to the Silk Workers’ Guild. The structure of the upper floors is similar to that of the balconies. It has undergone a recent restoration which has given the façade its original colouration.
MUDÉJAR1 ARCH OF SANTA CRUZ
This arch are the remains of an old mosque which was located in the Muslim quarter of the city. Two interesting Arabian epigraphs are preserved in the tower, both sculpted in Kufic characters, listing the foundations of the fountains between 930 and 977.
Location: Inside of Parroquia Mayor de Santa Cruz, in Plaza de la Virgen del Valle (no number).
CALLE ARCIPRESTE APARICIOPlace of a unique monumental character, as several palaces and the towers of Santa Ana, San Gil and San Juan can be observed from the corner in calle Caballeros. The narrowness of the street, located among palace façades, together with the tower of Church of San Juan at the background, offers an overwhelming view due to its high artistic and monumental value.
CALLE BIZCO PARDALAlso known as the “Cripple’s Alley”, it is a narrow and winding street belonging to the old Muslim quarter of the city. The street constitutes an incomparable setting to enjoy the peace and quiet in the Ecijan nights.
CALLE GARCILASOIt is a street with many unique buildings that feature façades of great historical interest. Among them we can mention Palace of Garcilaso de la Vega, with its interesting doorway from 1600, as well as other building with Plateresque elements from the beginning of the 17th century.
CALLE MÁRMOLESThis street is one of the most beautiful in the city, as the view that can be enjoyed from Calle Miguel de Cervantes has a unique aesthetic due to its narrowness. On this street you can enjoy the Palace of Almenara Alta and at the background, the tower of the church of San Gil, whose night view takes us back to former times.
CALLE SECRETARIO ARMESTOStreet which takes us to the Convent of Las Marroquíes. At the end of it, surrounded by traditional façades, we can find the Church of The Discalced, representing the most sumptuous Baroque style.
CALLE SOR ÁNGELA DE LA CRUZThe street is located among several nobles’ and lord’s stately homes. Among them we must stand out the Convent of Capuchinos, which is home to the Order of Sisters of the Cross, the façades of Condes del Águila, the palace of Bobadilla and other stately homes façades from the 18th century.
CHAPEL OF VIRGEN DEL VALLEIf features a hexagon-shaped floor with semi-circular openings and angular pilaster which, in a vertical position, finish in curved triangular scallops. Inside of it, we can see a statue of the patron saint María Auxiliadora standing on a small altar with a pew, without any type of artistic interest.
OPEN CHAPEL OF JESÚS SIN SOGA
The first information about this chapel dates from 1618. It features a great arch closed by a restrained baluster-shaped gate which holds three anagrams, a large crown and an inscription on its upper part. The inside part, also very restrained, consists of a pew on which we can see a painting on canvas of Jesús sin Soga.
Location: Calle Jesús Sin Soga.
BELVEDERES OF PALACES OF PEÑAFLOR AND BENAMEJÍBoth date back to the 18th century. They present the following layout: doorways in the ground floor, open galleries in the middle and upper ones, with the characteristic arches of the period when they were built and the traditional dust covers. The polychromed decoration of the age contributes to its fine and flair aspect.
STABLES IN PALACE OF BENAMEJÍ
The Equestrian Audiovisual Interpretative Centre is located in the stables of Palace of Benamejí, which dates back to the 18th century. It offers a magnificent show of light and sound about the world of horses in Écija.
Equestrian Audiovisual Centre in the stables of Palace of Benamejí, Palace of Benamejí, Calle Elvira, 1 - Telephone number: +34 955 902 933.
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 10.00am to 14.00pm and 16.30pm to 18.30pm. Sundays: 10.00am to 14.00pm.
Promotional video: STABLES IN PALACE OF BENAMEJ?
PLAZA DE LA CONSTITUCIÓNLocated in the heart of the historic city centre, this square stands out for the beauty of the building that dominates it. In the Palace of Benamejí, with a huge churrigueresque style façade, we can admire, as if it was a beautiful altarpiece, a great variety of ornaments, statues, columns, emblems and an elegant central balcony. All this, together with the rest of the palace and the winding streets around it, gives the square a spectacular beauty.
PLAZA DE SAN JUANSquare where we can find the church of San Juan Bautista. Surrounded by the traditional houses of Écija, it constitutes a site with unique beauty due to its quiet location. The views of the church and the patio at the entrance with walls and columns make up a very attractive site.
PLAZA DE SANTA CRUZThe square has beautiful façades and a very delicate forged cross on a marble-carved stone in its central part. It is surrounded by orange trees and dominated by the episcopal church of Santa Cruz.
PLAZA DE SANTA MARÍAHarmonious site featuring old Ecijan architecture where the arches in the porticos lead to a square that looks like a conventual patio. It is surrounded by the tower of Santa María, a monumental arcade, a stately home façade and the statue of Nuestra Señora la Virgen del Valle.
PLAZA DE SANTIAGOIt is one of the most typical sites in Écija, displaying a gorgeous view of a stone cross with artistic lampposts, the doorway and the tower of the church with the same name. The most important monument of the city is framed within this square too, as it preserves architectural remains of the 15th century (block of stones in the main altarpiece and columns), 16th century (side nave and chapels), 18th century (patios and tower), being possible thus to study Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles.
PUERTA CERRADASite of high tourist interest for featuring a great variety of historical elements and for its characteristic beauty. From it we can observe different buildings: the tower of El Carmen, painting canvas on the wall that surrounded the city, the buildings of La Cárcel (and old prison) and Cilla Real, an old shelter and a stone fountain. All this fits together in a very expressive emplacement, as it is a mixture of fountain, buildings, trees, water and shades.
PUERTA OSUNAIt is a square which preserves an interesting historic site: the remains of the Arabic wall. This was the location of one of the entrances to the city during the Muslim Age, called Bab Usuna or Puerta de Osuna2.
STREET ALTARPIECE DEDICATED TO THE EXALTACIÓN DE LA CRUZIn the façade of the convent of the Discalced Carmelites (The Teresian) we can find an alcove plastered with a characteristic roof and protected by a small balcony. Inside there is a wooden cross and a painting in canvas which features a rompimiento de gloria3. This altarpiece is likely to date from the 17th century, period when the convent was founded.
STREET ALTARPIECE DEDICATED TO THE VIRGEN DEL VALLE
REAR PART OF THE CONVENT OF THE FRANCISCAN CONCEPTIOTNISTS (LAS MARROQUÍES)It stands out for its narrowness and its location among the traditional Ecijan houses and the bell-gable of the convent of Las Marroquíes. This bell-gable is made of a splendid tiling and brick work, crafted by Ecijan builders.
TOWER OF SANTA CRUZ
It is a Renaissance tower whose shaft belongs to the minaret of the former mosque. From the set of bells we can enjoy amazing views of the city: loads of towers, bell-gables and spectacular viewpoints.
Location: Church of Santa Cruz in Plaza Virgen del Valle (no number).
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays at 12.00am. Saturdays and Sundays at 10.30am.
Price: 2€ per person.
It is also possible to do a tour including the tour and the museum of Sacred Art. Price: 4€.
TOWER OF SAN JUAN
This considerably tall tower consists of three bell sets. The Baroque style featured in the upper sets makes the tower the most emblematic and beautiful of the city. It was erected during the 18th century.
Location: Church of San Juan in Plaza de San Juan, s/n.
Opening hours:Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10.30am to 13.30pm and 16.00pm to 19.00pm. Sundays: 11.30am to 14.00pm.
Price: 2€ per person.
1. Name given to individual Moors or Muslims of Al-Andalus who remained in Iberia after the Christian Reconquista but were not converted to Christianity.
2. Called this way because the path led to the city of Osuna, in the province of Sevilla.
3. Painting term within Christian art featuring the spiritual world upon the earthly world.