The monuments of Huelva
The Cathedral of la Merced
Originally used as a chapel for the convent of la Merced, it was founded in 1605. Who designed the cathedral has never been verified, but under direction of Pedro Gómez Utebami the most important construction work was completed. The temple was a mixture of the renaissance and baroque building styles. After the earthquake of Lisbon in 1755 the building was almost completely destroyed and it became necesarry to rebuild the cathedral. Pedro de Silva directed the construction that took from the end of the 18th century until well into the 19th century. Plastered brick was used in the construction. The front of the church has served as example for other churches in the region and even for churches that were built in Latin-America. Inside we find statues of Christ of Jerusalem and of the virgin of la Cinta, the patron of the city.
The Casa Colón
This building consists of four modernist style pavilions that were built in 1881. It was inaugurated as the Gran Hotel Colón in 1883. In one of the pavilions can we find the Palacio de Congresos that is used for reunions, meetings and more. The pavilion of Levante houses a library and the municipal archive. The other two pavilions are also used for reunions and conventions. The garden is also very beautiful and inside we find the fountain of Triton.
The Monastery of Rábida
This franciscan monastery was built during the 14th and 15th century. Inside we find various artefacts that commemorate the discovery of America. The building was also affected by the earthquake of Lisbon in 1755. The first people who built something on the hill where the monastery now is, were the fenicians, they built an altar to their god Baal. The romans put their altar to Proserpina on the same spot. Even the arabs built a small monastery on the same hill, but this one was conquered by the Knights Templar in the 13th century. From the 15th centuryit became a franciscan monastery and according to legend, Francis of Asisi founded the monastery himself. After the war of independence the monastery was almost completely destroyed and in 1855 restauration began. The most famous fact is that Cristopher Columbus lived in the monastery before his voyage and that his patrons were the monks that lived there. They supported his proposal to make the voyage to the Indias.
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