Plaza Ochavada (Octagonal Square)
It is one of the most prominent squares of the Andalusian Baroque style from the 18th century. While its octagonal shape was inspired by the French urban planning trends from the early 18th century, it stands out as an enclosed square. It boasts both classical and Mudejar elements. Up until 1956, bullfights would often take place within this octagonal enclosure.
It is located right in the heart of the old quarter of Archidona. In 1786, the local master builders Antonio González Sevillano and Francisco Astorga Frías came up with this avant-garde design using primarily French architectural style. The square combines classical elements with the more traditional local style used in Andalusian courtyards. The interior of the square also combines redbrick—typical of the Mudejars—with whitewashed walls, a quintessential element of local villages.
Another delightful square in the village is the Plaza de la Victoria, which is the heart of the daily comings and goings of the village’s inhabitants.
Two noteworthy buildings overlook this square: the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) and the old Public granary or Cilla, which has a splendid Baroque stone facade, as well as the Iglesia de la Victoria church.