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Lamp of Lucena


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Location Lucena, Spain
Country Spain
City Lucena

General Information

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Need appointment no
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Geographical Coordinates 37.4083,-4.4837


The first floor of the Archeological and Ethnological Museum of Lucena features an image of a typical original Lucena lamp.

The type of lamp used in Lucena was basically the same as that used in Roman Lucena, and also as a possible reinterpretation of the types of medieval oil lamps used in the Al-Andalus age in the houses of so many inhabitants of Lucena in the Middle Ages.

It is said Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote, one of our most important literary works, under the light of a lamp from Lucena.

Although reliable news on the existence of lamp makers only dates back as far as the late 18th century, it is certain this item so vital to the domestic household was produced in Lucena long before, and exported, together with other common bronze, brass and copper utensils such as hooded lamps, mortars, braziers, chocolate pots, and stills for producing liquor.

Of all this traditional industry, the oil lamp represents one of the defining symbols of Lucena, forming an essential part of the items identifying the city.

The 19th century saw a notable increase in the lamp industry, whose products were exported to France, Portugal and Morocco, with a special mention for the popular figure of the travelling lamp seller, who went from town to town offering his merchandise. On the advent of electricity in the early 20th century, the oil lamp became a decorative article, its traditional design having being refined and given unquestionable artistic qualities, different styles, and practical improvements such as brackets and lampshades, traditionally bearing the coat-of-arms of Lucena.

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