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Information about Puente Genil

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(28.004 inhabitants) Còrdoba province

History

The village was founded after the conquer of the territory by Fernando III in 1240.
In 1257, Gonzalo Yàñez Dovinal obtained via donation of the king a small country house by the wooden bridge that crossed the river Genil. This place was then known as Pontòn de Don Gonzalo, and starting to get a quick development which took it to turn into a populous village. By mid XVI century it was raised the other side of the bridge a new neighbourhood called Miragenil. After this, in 1583 the wooden bridge was changed for other one in stone.
In 1821, the neighbourhood Miragenil joined to the one Puente de Don Gonzalo and from 1834, what it was a large city got the name of Puente Genil, as it is known in our days.

Gastronomy

The carne de membrillo (quince) is famous even out our frontiers. The aceite de oliva (olive oil) and the vinos finos (wines), are very important in the regional cooking.

Craftsmanship

Some workshops are still producing the traditional ceramic. Other activities are the metal and wood carving, the marquetry, the embroidery and the making of rostrillos (masks) for the biblical figures in the Semana Santa.

Festivities

The Semana Santa, - o  Mananta, as the pontanenses ( inhabitants of Puente Genil) call it -, declared of Interès Turìstico Nacional, is one of the most curious and interesting in Andalucìa. The neighbour villages, joined in “cuarteles”, play more than 350 biblical characters who accompany all the processions. In front of the image of Jesùs el Nazareno, patron saint of the village, at dawn of Holy Friday is played reveille. The most important day is Resurrection Sunday, because together with the Hermandad de Nuestro Padre Jesùs Resucitado parade all the figures that have accompanied the pasos during the week, from the Pentateuco to the Imperio Romano. This Semana Santa is repeated between 1st and 3rd may the main characters are kids.
25th April is celebrated the romerìa de San Marcos and between 14th and 19th august is the Feria Real.

Urban life

Puente Genil is a hard working village that, around the agriculture, has created a variety of industries to transform the products. The trade is concentrated around the paseo del Romeral and part of the Matallana. Here there are the best tapas and drinks bars. It is a cultivated city where many poets were born; Antonio Olmeda, Manuel Reina, Juan Rejano and Ricardo Molina. Another liking in Puente Genil is flamenco, its Teatro Circo, of 1901, is one of the most active in Andalucia. In the Teatro al Aire Libre is celebrated an important Concurso de Cante Flamenco ( flamenco singing contest) as well as a Gala Internacional de Folklore.

VISIT

The street Matallana is the centre of the modern city. The old town keeps the old medieval spirit, on spite of the modern buildings. The neighbourhood Miragenil, at the other side of the river, the street Don Gonzalo, the neighbourhood of La Isla, the Plaza Nacional, the street Aguilar and the square of the Calvario, are an ensemble full of nostalgia and colour. In the street Don Gonzalo is situated the Town Hall and the iglesia  de Nuestra Señora de la Purificaciòn, a temple from XIV century which keeps the carving of the Inmaculada made by Duque Cornejo. Going up this street we get to the one of Contralmirante Delgado Pareja, where is the convento de la Victoria, today Museo Arqueològico. At the entrance of the street Aguilar, it raises the old convento de San Francisco, today municipal residence, the church of XVII century is still kept, between its images stands out Nuestra Señora de los Àngeles, one of the most beautiful of the city.
In the square Calvario is situated the ermita de Jesùs Nazareno, of XVI century where the patron saint of the city is venerated. From here extends the large parquet de los Pinos, and here it is located the Teatro al Aire Libre.

SURROUNDINGS

3 kms by the Arenales way it is situated the villa romana de Fuente Àlamo, a roman country house from I century a. C. in which there have been found extraordinary mosaics. 8 kms to the south we get to the natural place of embalse de Cordobilla, which has 2 aquatic birds observatories from where we can see garzas reales ( real herons), garcetas ( egrets), patos cuchara ( ducks), ànades reales (mallards), etc.

VISIT

It is a very light city, of reticular urbanism, with white houses on 1 or 2 levels, developing to the south, where the more modern neighbourhoods are located. The Calle Larga, which from Doña Manuela Àlvarez extends to the road to Sevilla, is together with the cross-street of it the centre of the village. In its junction with Doña Manuela is located the well kept Parque Municipal.

In the avenue Blanca Paloma is situated the Town Hall, a modern building inaugurated in 1989, close to this, in Rincòn is the iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Granada,  main monument of the city, built in the XIII century in gothic style, although very much reformed in the XVII century following the sevillan baroque.