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Osuna is an attractive town full of Baroque houses, churches and palaces. It is in the Seville province of Spain and about 87km to the east of Seville.
The Plaza Mayor is at the heart of Osuna's historic centre. Here you can find the town hall, casino, the Convent de la Concéption and the Torre del Agua of Moorish origins and which is now home to an archaeological museum.
Surrounding the Plaza Mayor the streets are home to many fine buildings including the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and the Palacio del Cabildo Colegial. The Palacio de Los Cepeda has rows of fine columns and an elegant patio and the Palacio de Puente Hermosa has a striking entrance with twisted pillars and carved bunches of grapes and vine leaves.
The Calle San Pedro is a particularly beautiful street in Osuna. Its buildings have lots of fine architectural details such as columns, carvings and balconies. The Palace of the Marques de la Gomera has a particularly fine facade and is one of the top hotels in the town. Indeed this is where the cast of Game of Thrones stayed when they were filming here!
On the top of the hill overlooking the town are three of Osuna's most remarkable buildings and together form a historic-artistic site. These are the University the Pantheon and the Collegiate Church.
The university has a beautiful Mudejar ceiling to admire and an arcaded Renaissance courtyard. The church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion (has some noteworthy paintings by José de Ribera and the Pantheon next door has a lovely Renaissance courtyard and chapel.
From the terrace in front of the Collegiate church you get great views over the city and photographs to help you to identify all the major sites.
Other sites in Osuna
The Monasterio de la Encarnacion is one of the top sites of a visit to Osuna. This is a working monastery with some lovely paintings, Sevillian tiles and needlework and lots of gold ornaments. Entrance is free but you are invited to buy some tasty homemade biscuits at the end of your visit.
The las Canteras area of Osuna is a wonderful area that was once the quarry for the golden sandstone used in the construction of the buildings of Osuna. The area is home to a Roman theatre and necropolis. It is not open to visits unless you go to a concert there - worth it to see the site, or you are lucky enough to attend a wedding held there!
The bull ring of Osuna was designed by Anibal Gonzalez who designed the wonderful Plaza de Espana in Seville.
Films and Fiestas in Osuna
Holy week is such a good celebration that is has been declared a "Fiesta of National Tourist Interest in Andalucia". During Holy Week the streets are decorated and centuries old religious carvings are paraded through the streets.
Game of Thrones fans may recognise the bullring of Osuna from filming of series 5. Lots of locals were included in the fight scenes as 'extras'. Photos and memorabilia can be seen in Osuna's museum (Calle Sevilla).
In the film, The Passenger by Michelangelo Antonioni Jack Nicholson's character Locke is assassinated in the Hotel de la Gloria in Osuna.
Places to Visit Nearby
Seville is a wonderful city that we could certainly visit over and over.