The mark of the Discovery of America
In Andalusia so steeped in history, Huelva is the area which is very closely
related to the Discovery of America. It was from the long-gone docks of
the minicipality of Palos de la Frontera that the caravels set sail on
3rd August 1492. It is also the location of La Rábida Monastery,
which is a Gothic-Mudéjar church featuring one of the oldest crucifixes
in Andalusia, the beautiful Mudéjar style cloisters and 20th century
murals by Vázquez Díaz.
Palos is a srpuce, lively village. In this, the home town of the Pinzón
brothers, the visitor may admire their House-Museum and the original brick
Mudéjar Church of San Jorge, with its historical Bride and Bridegroom
Entrance. The nearby Fontanilla, a delightful place which has been recently
renovated, supplied the water which Christopher Columbus used on his voyage
Further is Moguer, which boasts the Monastery of Santa Clara, perhaps
the most oustanding moment of the province in size and artistic value.
It is Gothic-Mudéjar style par excellence of the era of the discovery
of America. Not far away are the convent of San Francisco, the Coprus
Christie Hospital converted into a theatre, the Town Hall in a resplendent
Andalusian Neoclassical style, and the huge Church of Nuestra Señora
de la Granada, which has a tower reminiscent of the Giralda. Platero
no longer trots through the streets of Moquer, but the Museum of San Juan
Ramón Jiménez evokes his creator.