Santiponce Itálica


An immense legacy waiting to be discovered

Bethlehem Arch


This unique altar, built on a canvas from the old city, is one of the city's most historically interesting and charming spots.
It consists of a glazed balcony containing a Marian altarpiece and an altar with an impeccable white cloth decorated with numerous vases of flowers. The chapel seems to have been dug out of the ancient walls of the City of Ecija and is a traditional site of great devotion among the city's inhabitants. 

It signalled the way to Estepa. Traditionally, this was the end point of an ancient novena, which is still celebrated for nine days by the faithful who are looking for a solution to their problems.

Not long ago, in an archaeological excavation at the Bethlehem Arch, located in the very heart of Ecija's old town, traces of a settlement dating back to the 6th or 7th century B.C. were found.


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