Espejo in Cordoba is a town with cultural highlights of Andalucia and worth exploring. Located about 40 kilometers south of the capital city Cordoba, Espejo looks back at more than two thousand years of history.
After Julius Caesar had emerged victorious from the near-fought Battle of Munda and thus had also decided the Civil War in his favor, he gave the settlement the status of a Colonia. It was henceforth known as Colonia Claritas Iulia Ucubi.
The most remote antecedent of the current population is Ucubi, an Iberian-Turdetan city to which Julius Caesar, after the civil war, in 45 BC. C., granted the category of Roman colony with the name of Colonia Claritas Iulia Ucubi.
Ayuntamiento de Espejo
Plaza de la Constitucion 5, 14830 Espejo (Cordoba)
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Espejo in Cordoba offers many archaeological sites of great interest. Undoubtedly, the most relevant for its functionality and state of conservation is El Aljibe, just over 1 km from the urban center, along the path of the same name, whose route coincides with the one that the Roman road that connected Ucubi with Obulco must have had. It is a construction made of ashlar masonry, dated at the end of the 1st century BC. C., semi-underground.
This hydraulic construction fell into disuse in the 3rd century AD. In the Muslim period, it received a series of modifications to its original structure in order to increase the water retention capacity, giving it greater functionality. This use has been what has led to the name “Aljibe”, undoubtedly one of the most important Roman sites in the province of Cordoba.
The Ducal Castle of Espejo in Cordoba was built at the end of the 13th century. From the so-called Torres de Pay Arias, although the oldest that is preserved is not prior to the 15th century. It currently consists of a crenellated enclosure of very thick walls flanked by four corner towers, equally crenellated and thick.
It has a central (interior) courtyard with large arches, all perfectly visible despite the fact that two of its sides were blinded in the nineteenth century with bricks and windows to protect the surrounding galleries from the elements. In the basement of the patio there is an old and spacious cistern for collecting rainwater, with a lateral elevation well.
At a much higher height of the architectural complex, the powerful Torre del Homenaje stands out, with thick mensulones of an old machicolation. It is an impressive stone mass, from which a dazzling outline can be seen, appreciating from it no less than seven towns around it. At the top of this landmark tower you climb a narrow and steep spiral stone staircase that undoubtedly dates from its construction. At various levels of its ascent, two wide chambers open whose fate is unknown.
Oponym derived from Calle Eras with which it was formerly called the current Paseo de Andalucia. It is a kidney-shaped square, where already in the late eighteenth century it began to be detected as an urban space where the higher-ranking social classes to establish their residences. It is a very sacred space, because at both ends of the square there are two churches.
- Traditional slaughter of the Pig and Festival of the Tapa and Chorizo organised by the townhall of Espejo in Cordoba.
- March/April – Holy Week increasingly takes on an unusual role among the Espejo population. Artistic Passionist images are processed through narrow streets, in an unlikely quasi-magical journey of a singular charm.
- 15th of May – Pilgrimage of San Isidro with a colorful parade of floats after the image of the Labrador until arriving at the Borbollon place. The whole town of Espejo and many visitors from neighboring towns congregate that day in such a lush place, to enjoy a day of coexistence and implore the Patron for the protection of the countryside.
- August – The Royal Fair is held around August 24, in honor of Saint Bartholomew and represents the paradigm of Espejo’s festive character. Their dances are famous, they take place for four consecutive nights, often lasting until the wee hours of the morning. The Municipal Stand, La Pena “Los Amigos” or the Circulo de Labradores e Industriales, among others, compete with the best orchestras in the best joyful and musical atmosphere of the Countryside.
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