Écija Palacio Peñaflor

Seville enchants

The Church of San Martín is one of the oldest temples in the town. It must have been built during the 15th century and it is believed that Alonso Rodríguez, the Master Builder of the Cathedral itself, was involved in its construction.

Osuna’s Holy Week, the most important religious event in the city, was designated an Andalusian Festival of Tourist Interest in 1999 owing to its historical and artistic value.

Beyond the beautiful processions of religious images through Osuna’s streets in spring, it is possible to enjoy every year a solemn pageant that reflects the local people’s devotion.

In Seville, a medieval church was built on top of a former caliphal mosque (formerly a Roman basilica), which today still has its courtyard with orange trees (Patio de los Naranjos).

The old parish church of Santa María Magdalena must have been built on top of an old mosque. In the time of King Peter I, as a result of the strong earthquake of 1355, it was rebuilt in the Gothic-Mudejar style similar to other churches in the town. 

Its construction characteristics correspond to those of the 14th century Seville parish churches, in Gothic-Mudejar style, being one of the least modified of that group, despite the vicissitudes suffered by the building over time. Rectangular in shape, it has three naves, the side naves being flat and the central nave having an octagonal apse covered with ribbed brick vaults.

Declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC) in 2001

The Santa María la Mayor Church is also home to Estepa’s Museum of Sacred Art, located on the Cerro de San Cristobal.

The Church sits inside the walled compound of Estepa Castle, next to the Santa Clara and San Francisco convents.

The 18th-century temple was built on an old Mudejar temple from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, destroyed by the Lisbon earthquake. The project was completed, among others, by José Álvarez, a neoclassical architect who gave the church its current appearance and style.