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Basílica del Gran Poder

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The current Basilica Menor de Jesús del Gran Poder was built as a place to welcome and accommodate the great devotion that the people of Seville had professed for centuries to the blessed image of the Lord.

The building, designed by Alberto Balbontín de Orta and Antonio Delgado Roig, is a temple of a historicist nature, built with contemporary materials and a classical style. It is accessed through a doorway that mixes Renaissance and Baroque elements repeating the same ascending structure: that of the door itself, to house the coat of arms on a split pediment; a second for the signpost of the date of consecration and a third for the belfry, of similar structure in descending size, with three bells and a wrought-iron cross. The rest of the façade of the Basilica is integrated into the square with the construction of the auxiliary facilities of the Brotherhood and the Parish itself.

The interior is a circular floor plan preceded by a narthex or porticoed atrium with large balconies on the sides. The nave is simple and only consists of a high base in red and black marble (Gascó, 1965) and the white grooved wall, decorated with the fourteen Stations of the Cross in canvases (Antonio Agudo Torrico, 1996). 

The roof of the basilica has a semi-spherical vault decorated with coffers and a central cupola. In the front area, there is a presbytery that houses an niched altarpiece (Guzmán Bejarano, 1965) copied from the altarpieces of the Chapel of San Lorenzo (19th century). It houses the images of the Lord plus the Blessed Virgin and St. John in the side areas. 

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