Due to its amazing culture, Jaen is one of the most visited cities in Spain. The museums are some of the main attractions in Jaen. Visiting them, people can learn about the culture and history of the city, for example know that Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and the Moorish conquered this region. As many museums in the world, people can appreciate many artworks such as paintings, sculptures, and archeological pieces.|
Some of the most important museums of Jaen are:
CENTRO CULTURAL PALACIO DE VILLARDOMPARDO
The Centro cultural Palacio de Villardompardo is considered one of the most important monuments in Jaen; it is located in Magdalena neighborhood. It is an amazing palace built in 1592.
It was built on the top of the largest Arab baths, which were neglected by many years, until 1913 when they were rediscovered. The baths received the Medal of Honor by the Europa Nostra Association. In the palace, we can also find many artworks such as paintings, photographs, sculptures and ceramics made by famous Spanish artists.
- Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat-Sun 9:30am-2:30pm
- Location: Plaza de Santa Luisa de Marillac s/n
- Telephone: 95-324-80-68
- Prices: Free admission
CASTILLO DE SANTA CATALINA
The Castillo de Santa Catalina is definitely the most amazing among the Spanish castles. This Arabic fortress is located in Cerro Santa Catalina and was built by Alhamar in the 8th century. Originally, it was built to protect this region against the invaders. As most of Spanish monuments, The Castillo de Santa Catalina suffered many changes through the centuries and long periods of abandonment.
Nowadays, it is a beautiful monument where one can find well-preserved buildings such as the Capilla de Santa Catalina and the Reception and conference room of the Torre Del Homenaje, which is used to show all attractions of this beautiful monument. The Castillo de Santa Catalina was declared as an artistic and historic monument by a decree of June 3rd in 1931.
- Hours: June-Sept Tues-Sun 10 am - 2pm and 5:30-9:30pm; Oct-May Tues-Sun 10am-2pm and 3:30-7:30pm
- Location: Hill of Santa Catherine. Municipal patronage of Culture and Tourism Masterful C, 18 23002 Jaen
- Thelephone: 95-312-07-33 -- 953 219116
MUSEO PROVINCIAL DE JAÉN.
Considered as one of the most important, if not, the most important, the "museo Provincial de Jaen" is one of the most visited places in Jaen. It shows important collection of archeological remains. These collections include Roman mosaics, a mudéjar arch, and many ceramics from the early periods.
This museum is divided into two main areas; the first area is dedicated exclusively to fine arts where one can find many beautiful artworks and the second area is exclusively dedicated to archeology, where one can find many ancient objects from many cultures such as from Romans, Phoenicians and Arabs.
- Hours: Tues 2:30-8:30pm; Wed-Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 9am-2:30pm
- Address: Paseo de la Estación 29
- Thelephone: 95-325-06-00 953 274507