The main historical and cultural center of the city is Plaza de Los Naranjos, which is also known as the location of amazing architectural monuments. Among them are the building of the City Council with the municipal museum built in 1568, which contains items discovered during archaeological excavations, the royal house of the governor with a gallery and a magnificent carved balcony with an iron ornament decorated in the Gothic-Mudejar style, Hermite de Santiago tower-chapel and the beautiful Renaissance fountain, as well as Santa Maria de la Encarnacion - a majestic church of the XVII century.
Roman epoch has also left its imprint on the town and so now tourists are able to visit baths built in the III century in the city’s suburbs and lovely stained glass mosaics in Villa de Rio Verde. Arroyo de la Represa is considered the central park of Marbella. In this park is located the Bonsai Museum, which exhibits a collection of unique plants. The trading zone of the old town is situated among the labyrinths of winding streets like Huerta Chica, Solano, Peral, Arphe, Portada, and avenues Avenida Ramon, Cajal and Avenida Nabeul.
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