Start your day visiting the Tourist Information Office, located in El Pósito Linares, where you can obtain information about places to visit in the city.
El Pósito is an old building from the 18th century where you will discover the essence of Linares. The Interpretation Centre gathers the whole history and heritage of the city. Mining, bullfighting and flamenco have a special place, showing, in a spectacular way, our main representatives of talent and artistic creativity. Moreover, El Pósito also holds an exhibition space devoted to Raphael, a recognition of the most international artist for a whole life on the stages.
Once you’ve finished your visit at the museum, your next aim will be to learn about the bullfighting heritage of Linares. But first, you should walk around the shopping area and discover some of the most significant architectural monuments of the city.
The second part of the experience will be St María’s Church, the main temple of the city. It was gothic at the beginning but later it embraced the Renaissance style over the centuries. Andrés de Vandelvira, a famous Spanish stonemason and Renaissance architect, participated in its construction. The main altarpiece of the temple, from the early 16th century, has a plateresque style. It is composed of twenty two panels –with Flemish origin and Italian inspiration–, dedicated to the lives of St Pelagius and the Virgin of Linarejos. The octagonal tower and the large open space in front of the temple stand out.
After it, we will continue to the City Hall square. During the 16th and 17th centuries, it was known as “El Llano” and was the place where bullfights used to take place. On it, you can see the neoclassic City Hall and the Royal House of Ammunition and Mint.
Continue your visit through the Pasaje del Comercio, our most commercial street, towards St Margarita’s Gardens. During the route you will find Fernando Pajares’ Ancestral Home, built at the end of the 18th century, and the old branch office of the Bank of Spain and the Banesto Building.
Once passed these buildings, you will face the Bullring of Linares beside St Margarita’s Gardens.
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St Margarita’s Bullring was built in the late 19th century and has one of the biggest rings in the world. This arena, which can seat more than 9,000 spectators, has witnessed epic afternoons such as the one of the 20th of August, 1947, when the matador Manolete was fatally gored.
St Margarita’s Gardens are located beside the Bullring. You can access them through an entrance with a fountain devoted to the Marquises of Linares. There is also a bust in honour of Manuel Rodríguez “Manolete”.
Continue towards Linarejos Esplanade. This “open air museum” leads you to the old Madrid Railway Station, where you can contemplate the curious benches which depict Linares’ history. The Madrid Railway Station was erected during the early-20th century with a mixture of styles such as eclecticism, mudéjar and modernism. At the end of Linarejos Esplanade, there is a statue in memory of Andrés Segovia and the Hermitage of our patron saint, the Virgin of Linarejos.
In the old loading dock of the Madrid Railway Station you will come across with the Mining Interpretation Centre. Here you will travel back in time to the mining period of Linares which will help you understand how mining spread all over our territory, the character of the mining population and the remains left since Prehistory to 1991, when the last mine of Linares closed down.
Back to Linarejos Esplanade, you can have lunch in the surroundings or walk to the historic city and eat in a tavern, bar or restaurant.
The Archaeological Museum of Cástulo would be a perfect option after the coffee break, as it is opposite Rosario Café. Here you will learn everything about the Iberian-Roman city of Cástulo, the origin of Linares. Apart from the whole history of that city, you will also admire those pieces discovered in the site and the latest findings: the sculpture of the Iberian-Roman lion and the recently found glass paten, one of the best preserved Christ’s depictions in the Iberian Peninsula.
Then it’s time to visit the historic city. In Pontón Street you will see St John of God Old Hospital, which is today the Justice Palace. Its façade is the best example of Baroque style in the province. In that same street you can reach Alfonso XII and El Gallo squares. The former hosts Andrés Segovia House-Museum, located in a building constructed by the Orozco family in the 16th century and declared Historic-Artistic Monument in 1972.
The visit ends in St José and St Raimundo’s Hospital, popularly known as the Marquises of Linares’ Hospital. This outstanding neogothic and historicist building was the last act of charity by Mr José de Murga y Reolid and Mrs Raimunda de Osorio y Ortega. Today the building constitutes a museum which allows you to know in situ a hospital specialised in illnesses proper of miners, health and religion. Moreover, you can also admire the mausoleum where the mortal remains of the Marquises of Linares rest, a work by the great sculptor Lorenzo Coullaut Valera.