Utrera… Before visiting her, her name sounded like the most traditional Andalusia. Having traveled its streets, restaurants, bars and points of interest, I reaffirm my preconceived idea.
Utrera distills passion. For something it is considered by many understood as the cradle of flamenco. From here, artists such as Mercedes la Serneta, Enrique Montoya, Curro de Utrera, La Niña los Peines, Antonio Mairena, Juan Peña “Lebrijano”, Chocolate or La Macanita have emerged. In Utrera it is celebrated - the last Saturday of June - the oldest flamenco festival in Spain, the Potaje Gitano, which has been tearing palms and tears since 1957.
Another of Utrera's symbols is the brave bull. They say it was here that this noble race originated in the 18th century. We just have to keep in mind the monument that stands on the roundabout that gives entry to the city from the highway and the large number of renowned ranchers in the countryside surrounding the city.
In addition, they also possess good studs, as is the case in Écija.
Visit to the heritage of Utrera
There are a large number of monumental beauties to see in Utrera. The historic center of the capital city of the homonymous municipality (the ninth most populous in Andalusia), was declared, in 2002, Cultural Interest As Historical-Artistic Complex.
Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation
Convent facade of Our Lady of Consolation
We arrived in Utrera one autumn afternoon. We were already in mid-October and, however, the thermometer did not drop below 30 degrees. The heat was unbearable.
Our first stop would be to visit a temple located on the outskirts of the city, the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.
The guide explained that it was built, in the seventeenth century, on the remains of an old hermitage. The place has a great history, since here came to entrust the navigators and adventurers who were going to leave for the Americas in Spanish colonial times.
Patron of Utrera at her altar
At that time, Seville and its surrounding river ports played a fundamental role, since most transport and galleons departed from here. Intense trade with the Indies enriched the area and involved the development and the golden moment of various cities.
After observing its facade and listening to the historical explanation, say thank you that we could move on to its interior fresco.
The interior of the temple is composed of a single large nave with a cruise and a beautiful Main Chapel with a square floor plan.
We climbed up some side stairs that led us to the sculpture of the Virgin of Consolation, patron of Utrera, which presides over the central body of the beautiful main altarpiece that covers the entire front end of the sanctuary.
From there we could see the few parishioners who had come to pray for a while or, with the heat outside, just to cool off.
After seeing some more dependencies - decorated with frescoes and paintings and in which we observe a mixture of Mudejar and Christian art - We left the church and headed to the historic center of Utrera.
Utrera historical center
Altozano Square, Utrera