Santiponce Itálica

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Santa Maria de Jesus Church

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It was initially part of the Convent of the Third Order of St Francis, founded in honour of Saint Mary of Jesus in the 16th century.

The construction works continued from that century until the late 18th century. The church consists of one central nave and one on the side; a rather unconventional layout. It also has two portals, the main one from the 18th century, next to the atrium, facing the Plaza de España, and the other on the side, from the 17th century, leading to Corredera Street.

The presbytery, sacristy and portal on the right wall belong to the original building. The body of the nave, rebuilt in the late 18th century, is covered by a barrel vault. The sacristy, located behind the main altar, has a rectangular plan. It is divided into two parallel spaces by a large semi-circular arch decorated with plasterwork. The two areas are covered by wooden beams with tiles from the early 17th century. This timeline applies to the entire sacristy.

Four interconnected chapels were opened on the left wall of the nave in the late 18th century, forming a second nave. The choir, located at the west end, is from the same period. The stone portal on the right wall dates from the early 17th century. A relief of the Virgin and Child can be found in the tympanum. 

The sculptures worthy of note inside the temple include a 16th-century Crucified Christ attributed to Juan Bautista Vázquez the Elder, the main altarpiece, attributed to the workshop of Navarro (18th century), under a remarkable polychrome wooden dome from the 16th century, and the Rococo style altarpiece of Saint Joseph (late 18th century) stand out.

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