Ronda – Mercadillo – Architecture around Plaza del Socorro

Plaza Del Socorro is the central square in Mercadillo. Google map here.

There are lots of nice buildings around the square including the church of Nuestra Señora del Socorro on the east side.

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The northern end is dominated by the El Casino restaurant.

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There are several other nice buildings around the square.

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In the middle is this rather bizarre statue with a waving lion which is in fact a potent symbol of Andalusian nationalism. You can find out why here.

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Some off the streets around the square are very atmospheric.

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I love the Spanish style of enclosed balcony windows; ‘balcónes cerrados’. The double windows help regulate temperature and noise from the street.

This is one of the most beautiful examples I’ve ever seen. I love the wrought iron railings.

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It obviously paid to be security conscious in 1793. The bars are called a ‘reja’ (grille) and allowed the windows to be open while keeping intruders out.

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You’ll find lots of other nice details if you look carefully.

But sadly not all buildings are loved.

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