Iglesia de San Pablo

Plaza Primero de Mayo, 39. 23400, Úbeda How to get

The Church of San Pablo located near the Plaza Vázquez de Molina is worth a visit because it is not a pure Renaissance example, since it contains two completely different architectural styles, such as Romanesque and Gothic, combined with Renaissance motifs. In addition, it is one of the oldest churches in the city, as it was built during the Visigothic period, although it has had subsequent renovations.



Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday and holidays, from 12:00 to 13:30. Closed: Monday.

Although the Primero de Mayo square, where it is located, has currently been displaced in civil importance by the Vázquez de Molina Square, this did not happen until the 15th century, since the City Council and the greater part of the noble families.

As for the building, as you can see, on one of its facades (the one on Cervantes street), also called De Los Carpinteros, it is a clear example of Romanesque architecture. However, the one facing the square is in the Elizabethan Gothic style –where arches and plant motifs predominate–, although the apse of the old Romanesque construction has been preserved. You can see the Renaissance part, on the other side façade, which is composed of a tower, whose roof is made of bicolor ceramic, and a fountain.

Upon entering its interior, you will find a floor plan with three naves and a polygonal head with a ribbed vault, in the late Gothic style. Like other churches in Úbeda, it has funerary chapels that have plateresque ironwork. In most of its chapels there are processional images of some brotherhoods of the town.

It was declared a National Historic Monument in 1926.