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Information about Estepa

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(11.560 inhabitants) Seville province

Situated at the S/E of the province, at the foot-hill of the mountain range of its name and from the one of  Nava, this village is famous for its Christmas specialities.

History

EstepaOf prehistoric origins, during Carthaginian domain it is known as Astapa. In the punics wars it bent to the side of Cartago, what meant, due to its defeat, its destruction by the romans in year 206 a. C. The same romans rebuilt years later, giving the name of Ostippo, When the arabs established there, gave it the name of Istabba, till its conquer by Fernando III el Santo, 15th august 1240. In 1267, the castle, and surroundings passed to the orden de Santiago that kept it till 1559, date in which the Genoese house of the Centuriòn bought the village to the king Felipe II, being the first marquises of Estepa, with who it got its biggest artistic and monumental splendour. Estepa was the birth place of conquerors, like Juan Torres de Vera y Aragòn, last governor of Rio de la Plata and founder in 1588 of the Argentinean city of Corrientes. The Queen Marìa Cristina, as a proof of affection for the village, conceded the title of city in 1886. In 1965 it was declared historic-artistic city.

Gastronomy

EstepaTraditional dishes are la olla, la cazuela and las migas. The main attractive in its gastronomy are its exquisite Christmas specialities, mainly el  mantecado, created by mid XIX century by Micaela Ruiz Tèllez, known as La Colchona.

Festivities

EstepaThe procession parades of its Semana Santa, which origins are in XVI century, have an extraordinary splendour. 1st of May takes place la romerìa de Roya, in honour of San Josè Obrero, in the area of el Manantial de Roya. The  Octava de los Remedios, 3rd Sunday of may, with the parade of the Virgin and running a small bull next Monday; la  Velà de Santa Ana,  in july, and la Feria de Agosto,  in honour of the patron saint, Nuestra Señora de la Asunciòn, are other popular festivities.



Visit

The village is situated at the foot-hill of San Cristòbal hill. On the top is situated the  convento de Santa Clara, a baroque building from 1598 with a nice main altarpiece, of plateresque style, and the ruins of its walled enclosure, which  torre del homenaje is still in good state of conservation, it has 26 metres, almohade style in the exterior and gothic in the interior. In between these two, the  iglesia de Santa Marìa de la Asunciòn, a jewel of low mid-age raided over an old gothic-mudèjar church, with and important renaissance altarpiece.

EstepaTo the right of the tower it is situated the  convento de San Francisco, built in 1646, with an interesting baroque carving. Very close is the Balcòn de Andalucìa, large natural viewpoint that offers magnificent views to the countryside and the village that spreads down the hill creating a half moon from the square of the Matadero. Arab inspiration is the most found in the village, like streets Hornillos, Veracruz, Torralba or Libertad, and squares like Aire, Santa Ana or Victoria. In the last raises the torre de la Victoria, national monument from 1955, symbol of Estepa and beautiful example of baroque style. It has more than 40 metres high distributed in 5 parts of different arquitectonic styles.

In street Castillejos is located the iglesia de la Asunciòn, where the image of the patron saint is taken care. At its side is the palacio de Cerverales, national monument from 1985, a baroque building from mid XVIII century, with beautiful façade of wreathed columns and sirens and interesting andalucian court.