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Climbed up here from the square, steep but rewarding. We came to see the refurbished church which is now a community centre but it was shut so we read the information board then we went round the... more »
While visiting the castle, then worth stopping at the Church of the Incarnation of Casares. This is located on a hill that overlooks the village, had been in ruins since 1936, and has since become... more »
. Well, it hasn't been a church since 1936 . . . and even restored there's little to see. Good lavatories, though! Almost totally destroyed in the Spanish Civil War, this was left with just the outside walls and the bell tower standing. The tower was, as in many Andalusian villages, based on the pre-existing minaret from the mosque that had stood here for centuries. Don't let's forget that there was Muslim rule here for 700 years, and Casares, which was re-conquered by the Christian armies in 1491, was one of the last towns/villages to lose its Muslim masters. From 1936 until 2005, the church was in ruins. At that point money was available to restore it (the roof is made of copper - no tiles) and turn it into a cultural centre and town museum. The opening hours are roughly (well, this is Andalucia) Tues-Friday 10.30 - 14.30, and Saturday 16.30 - 18.30. There is not much to see. A central hall set out as a theatre, where they have concerts plus children's film shows. Two lateral areas with big information panels about the writers/artists of the 27 Generation. You've probably only heard of Lorca, and possibly also Maria Zambrano - and her only because they named the railway station in Malaga after her! There is a tiny museum with hardly any old stones and objects from roman and muslim times - the best stuff from Casares was carted off to the museum in Malaga, you see. Upstairs there is an old cine projector, and a room with old agricultural implements. Some are authentic, others miniature models made by a local gentleman. This is quite interesting, and unusually in a local museum, there are explanations in readable English. The museums in Estepona, 20 minutes away, especially the one by the bullring, are ten times better, I'm afraid. I do suggest that you go there. At the very top of the building there are two Miradores - viewing terraces. Ask for the doors to be unlocked if necessary. Superb views in both directions from here. And the best bit of the Centro Cultural is the lavatories - modern and spotless. The door immediately on your right as you come in. .
Finale Church of the 16TH century and was surely built on the major mosque of the Medina
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