Orce

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The municipality is located on a small hill between two ravines that descend from the Sierra de Periate. One of the most important paleontological sites in Europe and Asia is in Orce. Here, evidence of human presence from one million four thousand years ago has been discovered.

The archaeological site of Cerro de la Virgen is located here, a village that is over two thousand years old. Here three phases of the Neolithic layers have been found, together with Romans, Visigoth and Arab ruins.

Interesting buildings include the Alcazaba de las Siete Torres, from the 11th century and an official National Monument since 1973; the Iglesia de Santa Maria; the Palacio de Belmonte and the Palacio de los Segura, which houses the town’s archaeological museum.

The spring Fuencaliente is located just 2 kilometres from town. The temperature of the waters is between 18°C and 20°C throughout the year. In the Cerro de la Virgen, just three kilometres from the town, there is a walled town and burial grounds used between 2500 BC and the mid-17th century.

The archaeological sites prove that there were human settlements here over one million four hundred thousand years ago. The origin of Orce dates back to the Roman period when it was a military camp on the road that connected Castulo with the eastern part of the province.

In the Arab era, from the 7th century onwards, Orce belonged to Tudmir. It was then called Urs and had a large military presence. In 1320 it became part of the Kingdom of Granada and in the middle of the 15th century was conquered by Rodrigo Manrique. Ten years later it was conquered by Muhammad X, until in 1488 fell into the hands of the Catholic Monarchs who later gave it to Enrique Enriquez.

Most local dishes are prepared with pork meat. The homemade sausages and ham, pork loin, chorizo and local black pudding are delicious. The Cordero segureño is also worth trying.

Local pastries, especially the almond pastries are excellent.

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Information about the Municipality

Region: El Altiplano: Baza and Huescar
Postcode: 18858
Distance from Granada (km): 105
Number of inhabitants: 1397
People: Orcenses
Web: www.orce.es
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Alcazaba de las Siete Torres

Orce

This fortress was first built at the beginning of the 11th century marking one of the borders of the Taifas kingdoms. It received its name because of the great number of towers it had when it was initially built. Towards [...]

Iglesia de Santa María

Orce

This church was built on the site of a former mosque. It was built during the time of the Reconquista. After several renovation projects in the mid-17th century, this church was enlarged and this is the building we see today. [...]

Palacio de los Segura

Orce

Round 1489, Don Enrique Enríquez, uncle of King Ferdinand, received the lands of Orce, Galera and of the Sierra de los Filabres. At the beginning of the 17th century, Don Pedro de Segura Bocanegra, was given the house in his [...]

Museum of Orce Prehistory and Palaeontology

Orce

This museum houses a complete collection of pieces that come from the diverse sites around the town. The museum is spread out across three rooms. The first one focuses on fauna, the second one on local archaeological sites, and the [...]

Palacio de los Belmonte

Orce

Between 1775 and 1776, the Belmonte-Segura family built this beautiful palace in Plaza Nueva. Although it is known as the Casa Vieja, the villagers renamed it and until today refer to it as the Casa Grande. Its most illustrious inhabitant [...]

Romería de la Virgen de la Cabeza

Orce

The last Sunday of May the romeria of the Virgen de la Cabeza is celebrated. The entire village goes to the hill with the same name as the Virgin and they have lunch there and spend the day. There is [...]

Ánimas and Day of the Innocents

Orce

Another remarkable Christmas tradition are the ‘ Masses of the Gozos’, which begin the 13th of December and they finish on Christmas Eve. These masses are celebrated at six in the morning. In the evening the bores leave, groups of [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen de los Dolores

Orce

In the olden days these celebrations took place the 15th of September but a big part of the population went to live abroad. They put the date forward in August so the emigrants who were coming for their holidays could [...]

Fiestas de San Antón y San Sebastián

Orce

This holiday is a colourful mix of characters and symbols. There are many different characters that take part in the celebrations such as soldiers, dancers, pages, the Cascaborra, Moors and Christians. Each day of the festival has its own meaning; [...]



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