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We find ourselves before a building popularly known as “El Escorial of Andalucia”, due to its external resemblance to the famous Madrid monastery.
It was built in the 16th century at the behest of the Bishop of Jaén, Don Diego de los Cobos. He declared that it should be used for the care of the most disadvantaged, that it should have a chapel in which he would be buried upon his death, and that palatial rooms were to be built inside to accommodate patrons and servants.
In the Hospital de Santiago, erected by the architect Andrés de Vandelvira, the most striking feature is its diaphanous and harmonic Renaissance patio around which all the other rooms are distributed. From the patio you can access the chapel where the remains of the bishop who ordered the construction rest.
Crowning the facade of the building, which functioned as a hospital until 1975, is a relief of Santiago Matamoros. The Hospital is dedicated to him, since part of the family belonged to the Military Order of Santiago.
Legend has it that when the sword falls off the relief, Spain will be invaded again by the Muslims.


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