These two towns were defining centres in the birth of the Spanish renaissance.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Official Title: Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza
Date of Inscription: 2003
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 522:
“The urban morphology of the two small cities of Úbeda and Baeza in southern Spain dates back to the Moorish 9th century and to the Reconquista in the 13th century. An important development took place in the 16th century, when the cities were subject to renovation along the lines of the emerging Renaissance. This planning intervention was part of the introduction into Spain of new humanistic ideas from Italy, which went on to have a great influence on the architecture of Latin America.”
These two towns were at the end of my 2012 tour of Andalusia. It may be that I had seen so much already but neither their beauty nor simplicity struck me very much.