Fernán Nuñez



The town is situated to the south of the province alongside the N331 road.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Distance from Córdoba: 31 Km.
Altitude:
323 m.
Geographical Area: 30,3 Km2
Population: 9.425
Local Inhabitants: Fernannuñeses.
Area code: 957
Townhall: Plaza de armas, 5 Tel.380062
Local Police: Paseo Santa Maria, Tel: 380129.
Transport:Carrera. Tel. 231401


HISTORY:

The present town of Fernán-Nuñez came into in the second half of the XIV Century, when Diego Gutiérrez de los Ríos received these lands as part of the marriage dowrky of Inés Alfonso de Montemayor and transferred the inhabitants of Aben Cáliz to a nearby site defended by a Muslim tower, which the Christians renames Fernán-Nuñez on conquering this territory in 1.240. The town remained part of the feudal estate of this noble family and in 1.639 Alonso Estacio Gutiérrez de los Ríos iniciated a beneficial social policy in the town, to be continued by his grandson Carlos José whose son, in turn, was granted the title of Duke by Fernando VII in 1.815, and was the last occupant of this feudal territory.

PLACES TO VISIT:

The parish church of Santa Marina de Aguas Santa displays an austere doorway leading on to a solid tower, which originally belonged to a primitive churh on the site.The present church replaced the ruins of the former building and is a magnificent Baroque temple built between 1.725 and 1.740. The church possesses some interesting paintings above all, in the chapel of El Sagrario. A small parish museum displays craftsmanship in gold and silver belonging to the church-treasury cotaining from between the XVI and XIX Centuries. Continuing along the street Ramón y Cajal one reaches La Plaza de Armas where one can admire the architectural harmony of the white and red ochre buildings. The neo-Classical palacio ducal is outstanding, construction of which began in 1.783 under the patronage of the sixth count of Fernán Nuñez Carlos José Gutiérrez de los Ríos.Also to be found in this XVIII Century square are the town hall, school, tavern and "Las caballerizas". Other churches in Fernán Nuñez include that of la Vera Cruz erected in 1.960 and the hermitages of el Calvario and La Caridad whose XVIII Century facades have been altered during recent repair work.

GASTRONOMY:

Traditional dishes in Fernán Nuñez include las migas con chicharrones, las patatas con bacalao, los maimones (the name of a garlic soup) and las sopaipas. Amongst sweets Fernán Nuñez specializes in piononos, bizcochos de té, roscos, suspiros and orejitas de habas.

FIESTAS:

Easter week comences with the proclamation of Pilate. At the beginning of May croses covered in flowers are set up in the streets and squares of the town. Around July 18 Fernán Nuñez celebrates a fiesta in honour of its patroness Santa Marina and a month later the Feria Real takes place.