30 Jan, 2023 @ 16:30
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WATCH: Have you visited Andalucia’s very own ‘Petra’ yet, just a stone’s throw from Osuna?

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Nestled near Osuna in Sevilla is a remarkable quarry dating from the fifth century BCE that has been dubbed the ‘Petra of Andalucia’ after the famed UNESCO site in Jordan.

With the official title the Coto de las Canteras, it is a breathtaking sight that has been developed over the centuries a short stroll from the city centre. 

The Turdetani tribes began using the stone here over 2,500 years ago, and today the quarry still stands as a testament to this rich history.

The rock formations inside recall the magnificence of other caves like the Dionisio’s Ear (Oreja de Dionisio) in Siracusa. 

It’s also the largest natural auditorium in Spain.

The prized limestone sandstone from the quarry was used to construct the most beautiful palaces, churches, and homes in Osuna’s historic centre. 

The exterior of the quarry has been carved, while the interior has been hollowed out, creating a unique and fascinating spectacle.

From the 16th century onwards, work was carried out to extract the stone and shape it into the beautiful structure seen today.


Walter Finch

Walter - or Walt to most people - is a former and sometimes still photographer and filmmaker who likes to dig under the surface.
A NCTJ-trained journalist, he came to the Costa del Sol - Gibraltar hotspot from the Daily Mail in 2022 to report on organised crime, corruption, financial fraud and a little bit of whatever is going on.
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