Petra Andaluzji – zwiedzamy El Coto de las Canteras

Discover the charm of Osuna - a hidden gem of Andalusia!

El Coto de las Canteras is an interesting place located near the town of Osuna in the province of Seville.

Often referred to as the "Petra of Andalusia" in guidebooks, but I think the comparison to the work of the Nabateans in Jordan is greatly exaggerated. However, the place does create a unique landscape that is worth seeing.

The park has become a popular destination for both local residents and tourists from outside the region, attracted by its intriguing history and the charm of nearby Osuna, a town whose bullring served as the backdrop for several scenes in the popular TV series "Game of Thrones".

Spanning 4,000 square meters, the quarry reserve features gardens adorned with various plant species, sculptures created from locally extracted sandstone, and interior space within the quarry dedicated to showcasing the history of the stone extraction process.

The history of El Coto de las Canteras

The history of El Coto de las Canteras dates back to ancient times when limestone sandstone, primarily used as a building material for houses, began to be extracted here. The Romans, who conquered the area, exploited the land and used the stone for building Roman aqueducts and other structures of the time. Nearby, you can find La Necropolis, a Roman burial site.

During the Middle Ages, the stone was used for the construction of castles, churches, and monasteries in the region. In the 18th century, the material was used in many well-known and magnificent Spanish buildings, including the famous La Giralda tower in Seville.

In the mid-20th century, the demand for stone extraction declined, and the last master stonemason in the 1960s was Andr茅s Ben铆tez. In 2016, after renovation, the entrance gate of El Coto de las Canteras was opened to visitors.


The exterior sculptures are the work of Francisco Valdivia G贸mez, an artist born in Osuna, who learned stone and wood carving at the age of fifteen in his family workshop. In 2004, he was commissioned to create sculptures for the decoration, which he meticulously crafted over the next few years, reproducing Iberian sculptures with the help of sketches and photographs. These original sculptures are now housed in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid.
The exterior sculptures are the work of Francisco Valdivia G贸mez, an artist born in Osuna, who learned stone and wood carving at the age of fifteen in his family workshop. In 2004, he was commissioned to create sculptures for the decoration, which he meticulously crafted over the next few years, reproducing Iberian sculptures with the help of sketches and photographs. These original sculptures are now housed in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid.

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If you happen to be traveling along the route from Malaga to Seville, it is worth stopping by. Just a few minutes off the main road, you can explore the interior of the quarry, which takes about 15 minutes.

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Osuna – miasto z Gry o Tron

O Osunie niebawem napisz臋 wi臋cej, ale je艣li ju偶 tu zerkn臋li艣cie tutaj i zamierzacie odwiedzi膰 El Coto de las Canteras, to polecam odwiedzi膰 to urokliwe andaluzyjskie miasto, po艂o偶one tu偶 obok kamienio艂om贸w. Wymieni臋 kilka najwa偶niejszych zabytk贸w i miejsc, kt贸re warto zobaczy膰:

  • Plaza de Espa帽a – g艂贸wny plac i wa偶ne centrum 偶ycia spo艂ecznego miasta. Mo偶na tu zobaczy膰 pi臋kne zabytki, takie jak ratusz i ko艣ci贸艂
  • Colegiata de Santa Mar铆a de la Asunci贸n – gotycka kolegiata pochodzi z XVIII wieku i jest jednym z najwa偶niejszych zabytk贸w w Osunie. Wn臋trze ko艣cio艂a jest ozdobione pi臋knymi malowid艂ami i rze藕bami
  • Universidad de Osuna – jedno z najwa偶niejszych miejsc edukacyjnych w regionie. Uniwersytet zosta艂 za艂o偶ony w XVI wieku i posiada bogat膮 histori臋. Mo偶na zwiedzi膰 jego pi臋kne dziedzi艅ce
  • Puerta de la Villa – po przej艣ciu przez t臋 bram臋 mo偶na zobaczy膰 urokliwe uliczki i zabytkowe budynki w obr臋bie star贸wki
  • Plaza de Toros – Osuna ma jedn膮 z najbardziej znanych aren do walk byk贸w w Andaluzji. Zbudowana w XVIII wieku, jest jednym z najwa偶niejszych miejsc kultury i tradycji w mie艣cie
  • Monasterio de la Encarnaci贸n – klasztor z XVIII wieku jest miejscem spoczynku dla licznych cz艂onk贸w rodziny Osuna. Wewn膮trz mo偶na podziwia膰 pi臋kne dekoracje i dzie艂a sztuki
  • Palacio de los Cepeda – renesansowy pa艂ac jest jednym z najbardziej uroczych budynk贸w w Osunie. Wewn膮trz znajduje si臋 muzeum, w kt贸rym mo偶na pozna膰 histori臋 miasta i jego dziedzictwo

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