The Clock Tower is located in the Plaza de Andalucía, next to the Tourist Office. It has its origin in a tower belonging to the Arab wall, built in the 13th century and was part of the defense of the main entrance to the town. It was not until the middle of the 16th century when the tower was adapted to house the clock, and today it constitutes a symbolic element of the town and a magnificent place to see Úbeda from a bird’s eye view, apart from housing the oldest bells in the city.
For Antonio Muñoz Molina, the Clock Tower is a representative presence of his novels and he locates it in the General Orduña square, also the main space in Magina.
(…) “Winter nights, at the end of the year, the shop windows on Calle Nueva and Calle del Real streets lit up very late, loudspeakers with Christmas carols in the arcades of the General Orduña square, the acacias adorned with flashing lights, the Star of Bethlehem on the clock tower […] “
The Polish Horseman. Antonio Muñoz Molina