The Castillo de Santa Catalina in the city of Jaen in Andalusia, Spain was an 8th century Moorish fortress, and was captured in the middle of the 13th century by Ferdinand III. Ferdinand renovated the castle, as did Alfonso X and Fernando IV.
A Christian church was also built and dedicated to Santa Catalina. A viewpoint which features a large white cross atop the hill offers stupendous views of the city of Jaen especially at sunset. About 5 kilometres from the city centre and sitting on a rocky point, with outstanding views of the town and olive groves, modern-day progress came to the castle, and in 1965 was converted into the Parador Nacional, (luxury hotel), as many castles and fortresses have been.
The remains of the original Castillo de Santa Catalina can be seen in a walk around the remaining castle walls. The large white cross proudly stands above the valley atop the Castillo de Santa Catalina viewpoint. As the evening sky shows the last of the sunset the Cruz del Castillo, the white cross, seems to absorb some of the subtle hues of the sinking sun.
Large white cross (Cruz del Castillo) at Castillo de Santa Catalina at sunset, City of Jaen, Province of Jaen, Andalusia (Andalucia), Spain, Europe.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/16.0, exposure time of 6/10 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 105mm.
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