MY CITY: JAÉN <ul><li>The city of Jaén, in northern Andalusia, is rich in history, with great monuments such as the Cathedral, built between the 16th and 18th centuries, and the adjoining parish church or "El Sagrario". The city's Moorish castle, converted into a Parador, sits majestically on top of Mount Santa Catalina, and atop a nearby hill stands a monumental cross engraved with a moving poem by Almendros Aguilar. But it's worth climbing to the top just to see the spectacular view of the city and the rolling olive groves of Jaén! </li></ul>
JAÉN <ul><li>Jaén has several fascinating churches, such as La Santa Capilla de San Andrés, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Church of La Magdalena with its charming courtyard, the Church of San Ildefonso, the Convent of Las Bernardas and the Churches of San Bartolomé and San Juan. The Museum of Jaén Province (Museo Provincial) possesses one of Spain's leading collections of Iberian art, from the pre-Roman period. </li></ul>Inside the Cathedral
JAÉN <ul><li>Each year the plazas of Jaén are lit up by huge bonfires celebrating the day of San Antonio Abad, the patron saint and protector of animals. The town's neighbourhoods vie with one another to build the biggest, brightest and most spectacular bonfire, while the people perform the traditional dance called "los melenchones". Seasonal delicacies are eaten such as pumpkin, sweet potatoes and popcorn. </li></ul>Diputación Provincial
MONUMENTS OF JAÉN MUSEUM There is a Museum located within a cathedral, this delightful small museum was once a 1547 mansion. In its patio stands the facade of the Church of San Miguel, another work by Andrés de Vandelvira. One of the highlights of the fine arts section is a room of Goya lithographs. There are also excellent exhibits of art, archeology and artwork, the most outstanding being the Toro Iberico of Porcuna and the Paleo Christian sarcophagus of Martos and works by Sebastián Martínez and Ribera.
MONUMENTS OF JAÉN <ul><li>THE CATHEDRAL </li></ul><ul><li>An imposing building that looms above the modest buildings around it. It was begun in 1500 on the site of a former mosque and not finished until the end of the 18th century. Its chief architect was the brilliant Andres de Vandelvira, many more of whose buildings can be seen in Ubeda and Baeza. The ornate facade was sculpted by Pedro Roldan and if you look up at the figures on top of the columns you can see San Fernando surrounded by the four evangelists </li></ul>
MONUMENTS OF JAÉN <ul><li>SANTA CATALINA CASTLE </li></ul><ul><li>Perched on a rocky crag 5 km from the centre of Jaen, the castle is the city's crowning glory. The origins may have been tower erected by Hannibal and the site was fortified continuously over the centuries. The Nasrid king, Alhamar, builder of Granada's Alhambra constructed an alcazar but King Ferdinand III captured it from him in 1246 on the feast day of Santa Catalina. Santa Catalina consequently became Jaen's patron saint, and when the Christians built a new castle and a chapel on this site, they dedicated them to her. The castle ruins make a dramatic setting for the parador that has been built in their midst. </li></ul>
MONUMENTS OF JAÉN ARAB BATHS Located in the narrow alleyways of the old part of the town as you walk from the cathedral, the baths once belonged to Ali, a Moorish king of Jaen and probably from the 11th century. Four hundred years later, a viceroy of Peru chose to build himself a mansion, the Palacio de Villardompardo right over them, it has taken years of painstaking excavation to restore the baths to their original form. The plazas of Jaén are the site for the enormous bonfires set alight in honour of San Antonio Abad, the patron and protector of animals. Each neighbourhood strives to build the biggest, brightest, most spectacular fire. Participants dance the traditional local dance, the 'melenchones' and there are tastings of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, popcorn and other seasonal fare.
OTHER MONUMENTS OF JAÉN <ul><li>CHURCH EL SAGRARIO </li></ul><ul><li>Dating from the 18th century and designed by Ventura Rodriquez, this charming church is well worth a visit. </li></ul><ul><li>CHURCH OF SAN BARTOLOME </li></ul><ul><li>This church contains a fine Mudejar coffered ceiling within which is the famous Crist of La Expiracion by Martinez Montanes. </li></ul><ul><li>ARCH OF SAN LORENZO </li></ul><ul><li>The Arch of San Lorenzo reflects the Gothic-Mudejar style and is actually the remains of the Parish Church of San Lorenzo which has been designated a National Monument in recent years. </li></ul><ul><li>ROYAL MONASTERY OF SANTA CLARA </li></ul><ul><li>From the 13th Century, the oldest monastery in Jaen. The church houses the intriguing figure of Christ with bamboo, perhaps attributable to the Quito school. </li></ul><ul><li>CARMELITE CONVENT </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1615, the manuscript of the Spiritual Canticle, a work by the mystic St John of the Cross is conserved here. </li></ul>
And Finally, Myself My name is Carlos Sánchez Garrido. I’m 26 years old. I am tall (1´86 cm /more than 6 inches) and big (89 kg/ 196 Lb). I’m a humble, charming, respectful, hard-working… I like joking all the time and having fun too. But at the same time, I am very responsible with everything.
Currently, I’m doing a master, but previously I did two degrees. My first one is teacher from Primary School specialized in English. Later, I did English Philology, which is the same than English Studies. I have had the great possibility of being living in other foreign countries, such as EEUU and Canada. In the first one, I was as a day and resident camp counselor, but at the same time, I had the possibility of knowing its culture, which I like it very much. I was travelling to many cities, like NY, Boston, New Haven, Hartford… Then, I had the enormous experience of obtaining a scholarship for being involved in a Mobility Exchange Program between EU and Canada. I lived in a city called Regina, in the province of Saskatchewan.
I could work with multicultural teams, meanwhile I was in both places. For that reason, I am sure that you and me are going to get on with doing this project . Hope to chat with you soon or at least , hearing from you as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to ask me whatever you want to know. Feel free!!!! Please, let me know when it is better for keeping in touch or chatting with you. Now, you can say that you have a friend in Spain. You should come and I’m sure that you like it very much. Nice to meet you and with my best wishes, Carlos Sánchez Garrido.