Visiting Jerez de la Frontera
Horses, wine, cars and more
Yes, Domecq made Jerez famous for his wines and horse riding, racing cars added recognition to more people and history is there. Several times I passed by Jerez de la Frontera, without stopping, because the objective was another place, and… far. This time, the objective was nearby (Puerto de Santa Maria), and, obviously, I had a chance to visit twice this city. Not enough to a deep knowledge, but allowing already a few ideas that I will list in this page.
The castle, generally called Alcazar in spanish, was built in the 12th century and it seems to be one of the few examples of Almohad architecture on the Peninsula. Jerez was, at the time of its construction one of the most important cities of the lower Andalusia, evidenced by the size and monumentality of the Alcazar.
From the original Islamic Alcazar, there are preserved two doors, the mosque, the Arab baths, the octogonal tower and a pavilion near this tower. The big tower is a adding in the 15th century, and the baroque palace of Villavicencio and the oil mill in the 18th.
Address: South-east of the city centre
The cathedral was built in the 17th and 18th century, thus mixing the original Gothic style with baroque and neo-classic.
Inside there’s a permanent exhibition of several religious articles till the 19th century that… we didn’t visit.
Address: Pza. de la Encarnación
Santo Domingo convent
I was curious about the mixture of styles in this building denouncing several modifications and additions. It was closed when we were there and it was a pity, since, once back home I read about the extreme beauty of its interior (not to forget in next visit).
The oldest part of the convent comes from the 13th century, in Gothic style, clearly “fighting” against the renaissance addition.
Another interesting detail seems to be the cloister from the 15th century.
Domecq is a word tightly linked to Jerez de la Frontera, for many decades related to wine and bullfights.
This Baroque palace, built in the 18th century for the Marquis of Montana, was later acquired by Domecq family, and though being today property of a catering company, keeps being identified by the famous name of the intermediate owners.
Located in the centre of town, with a statue of Pedro Domecq Núñez de Villavicencio, the first Marquis in Domecq family, who lived from 1869 to 1921 before it, it is now closed to the public.