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Church of Nuestra Señora de Consolación

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The church of Nuestra Señora de Consolación, patron saint of Umbrete, is one of the best examples of the Sevillian architecture known as "popular baroque", as opposed to the "cultured baroque" style used by the main Andalusian architects during the 17th century.

It was designed by the architect Diego Antonio Díaz, who created a church of unusual dimensions for the time and place. Its hall plan, with a single nave, side chapels with galleries and a wide transept, is inspired by the Jesuit church model created by Vignola.

It has a high bell tower rising from the northwest corner of the floor, and a smaller one on the southern side of the main façade called "the clock", while the transept is roofed with a large semicircular dome on pendentives.

Inside, there is a group of gilded wood altarpieces made by Felipe Fernández del Castillo between 1733 and 1740, among which the great high altarpiece designed by the sculptor Pedro Duque Cornejo stands out.

Such is the majesty and its artistic richness of this church that it is called the "Cathedral of the Aljarafe". Archbishop Luis de Salcedo y Azcona ordered the construction of a new church of great proportions in 1725, which was to replace the original church of the municipality. Once the works were concluded in 1733, that same year the master builder of the archbishopric was commissioned to design an arch that would communicate the church with the old palace, which would be renovated by the same architect from 1735 onwards. All these elements, the Church, the Arch and the Archbishop's Palace, form a splendid monumental ensemble in the historical centre of this municipality.

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Visits can be arranged through the Umbrete Tourist Office. 

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