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Úbeda is a city in Andalusia in southern Spain. Úbeda, like Baeza, has many historical monuments which are placed on the World Heritage list. These palaces and churches are built in Renaissance style in the 16th century.

The most impressive place of the city is the Vázquez de Molina square with the Palacio de las Cadenas, the current city hall.

At the square stands the Capilla del Salvador, built to accommodate the tombs of the former high society. Both the exterior and interior are richly decorated. The façade with its sculptures by Estaban Jamate is one of the most beautiful in Andalusia.

The Hospital de Santiago is the largest Renaissance building in the city dating from the 16th century. The façade is quite simple and has four decorative towers. The building has a large square patio and two smaller rectangular courtyards. The central patio has a double arcade with marble Corinthian columns in Mudéar style. There is a large chapel with a beautiful interior. The tombs are covered with paintings in fresco style. In the sacristy are paintings of ancient gods, prophets and church fathers. The building was used as a hospital until 1975. It now has several functions. There is an exhibition space, an auditorium and library.

The Archaeological Museum of Úbeda is located in a small palace from the 14th century. The building built in Mudéar style has beautiful horseshoe arches. There is a large collection of artifacts from the area from Roman, Visigoth and Moorish times and the Middle Ages.

The Parque Natural de Cazorla is a protected area to the east of the towns of Baeza and Úbeda. The park is popular with tourists because of its beautiful flora and fauna. There are wild boar, deer, mountain goats, eagles, hawks and vultures. The park is used for walking, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and camping.

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