Valdecanales Oratory

  • Situated 6 kilometres away from Rus, the Visigoth rock oratory in Valdecanales was built between 6th and 7th centuries.
  • Made of three artificial caves carved in the rock, the beauty of its facade, directly carved on the terrain slope, is still perceived today.
  • The main cave - where worship took place- it is in the central part. Two arches divide the interior into a three naves’ church.
  • According to the research, the cave on the left hand side was used for baptisms, while the one on the right was probably used as a monk’s residence.
  • This shrine- unique in the south of Spain- was discovered by Rafael Vano in 1968, and it was declared Historic- artistic Monument on 21st March 1970.
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6 Kilometres away from Rus, it is found one of the most unknown treasures in the province of Jaen. This shrine of visigothic origins - unique in the south of Spain- dates from the 6th and 7th centuries. The site is made of a main cave and two other ones next to it, all of them carved directly on the rock.The main cave - which preserves the beautiful facade directly carved on the terrain slope- was used as a chapel, while the other two were used for baptism and monk’s residence.

How to arrive

La dificultad técnica para llegar es baja, aunque el acceso está un poco escondido, al no existir señalización alguna.

Se puede llegar partiendo desde Úbeda, cogiendo la A-301 en dirección a Arquillos. Pasado el punto kilométrico 41 deberás coger el desvío hacia Canena (JV-6041) que queda a la izquierda, y que bordea el Embalse del Giribaile. Después de unos kilómetros, aparcas el coche a un lado de la carretera (pegado a un olivar, hacia la mitad de la recta que se observa si haces zoom en el mapa). Te adentras unos 50m caminando en el olivar. Estarás justo a las espaldas del oratorio, al que llegarás bordeando un talud. Te darás cuenta pronto, cuando encuentres una zona caracterizada por el color rojizo de la arena, de que habrás llegado a tu destino.

También puedes partir desde el municipio de Canena, cogiendo directamente la JV-6041 hasta llegar al mencionado olivar.

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