Benatae is a municipality in the province of Jaén that is located in the center of the Sierra de Segura. With 44.4 km2 of extension and 574 inhabitants, it is the smallest of the municipalities of this mountain range.

Its urban nucleus sits at the foot of Mount Peñalta. And its entire term is included in the Natural Park of the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas.

The economic activity depends on the olive grove despite the fact that most of its term is forest. Tourism has not reached this area, so it draws attention for the tranquility and silence of its streets and the permanent contact with nature. It is a true luxury that contrasts with the pollution, noise and rush of large urban centers.

Its municipal term is divided into two enclaves: the main one, which concentrates most of the area of ??the term and where the municipal capital is located; and the Cuarto de la Cañada del Toril-Hornico, to the southeast of the previous one and already at the limit of the Siles term.

The municipality of Benatae has four urban centers: Benatae (with 522 inhabitants), Las Fuentes (41 inhabitants), Puente Honda (11 inhabitants) and La Sierra (0 inhabitants).

Of historical interest is the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, built between the 15th and 18th centuries, under the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. The castle of Cardete, of Islamic origin, also stands out.


Data of interest

Tourist area: Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas
Distance to the capital (km): 156
Altitude above sea level (m): 842
Extension (Km2):45
No. of Inhabitants:545
Postal Code: 23390

Of its historical and monumental heritage, the following stand out:

Church of Our Lady of the Assumption: It is the most important of the buildings in Benatae. The temple responds to the sacred Levantine architecture, which could be due to the fact that, during the configuration period of its factory, it belonged to the kingdom of Murcia, a situation that lasted until the suppression of the Military Order of Santiago. Construction began in the 15th century and was completed in the 17th century, which led to the existence of architectural elements of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. The façade, next to the epistle, is made of ashlar masonry, with a semicircular arch with convex molding running along the intrados. It is framed in an alfiz that rests in Gothic moldings. The irregular ashlar tower has a characteristic shape: it is quadrangular and three times as long as it is wide, with holes at the ends for the bells. The floor plan has a central nave in the shape of a rectangle divided into three sections. The presbytery appears behind a pointed main arch. The wooden altarpiece is organized in three streets and in the central one there is the image of the Immaculate in a niche.
Cardete Castle: In Islamic times, Benatae would have as a refuge the nearby Cardete fortress. The enclosure is an irregular trapezoidal construction, with a trun ...


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