Estepa, in the province of Sevilla , Information, history and Property for Sale and Rent
description : This town 24km east of Osuna is famous for two very different reasons.Chiefly it is renowned for the biscuits known as polvorones and mantecados which it bakers make each Christmas and which are eaten across this region of Andalucia
History of Estepa
history : The Romans re-populated the town from their settlements elsewhere in the region and called it Ostipo, although they themselves were ejected by Visigoths from the Baltic regions four centuries later.In the eighth century, the Moorish armies who had invaded the south-western tip of the region in 711 CE took the town and renamed it Istabba.The Arabs renovated an abandoned pre-Roman castle at the top of the San Cristobal hill on which the town sits, and began fortifying it against the incursions during the Reconquest.
Things to visit in Estepa
to visit : The archaeological museum, the Museo Padre Martin Recio (calle Ancha 14), has a collection of local finds dating back to the Paleolithic period, and religious artefacts from Roman, Visigothic, Arabic and later cultures, including an intriguing Roman hypnos, or statue of the god of sleep.Above the ancient walls is a complex of convents and churches.Knock on the door of the 16th century Santa Clara Convent and buy some delicious sweets made by the nuns.
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