Utrera’s Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen belongs to the Salesian School, the oldest of the congregation in Spain (1881).
This Carmelite chapel from the second half of the 17th century is now part of the Salesian School. Owing to its height and richly decorated façade, no one would say that it is a chapel. Furthermore, it has two side towers. This historicist temple is a blend of different styles. Although the baroque style prevails over the classicist influence, the general appearance is always highly stylised, especially the towers which present the classic bichromy of Andalusian Baroque. The bell gables, shaped like small lateral towers, were designed by Aníbal González, creator of the regionalist style and architect of the Universal Exhibition in Seville.
The coat-of-arms of the Congregation stands out in the centre of the façade.
The chapel has a Latin cross nave covered by barrel vaults, lunettes and barrel arches that rest on a cornice that runs through the whole church. Worthy of note is the image of Maria Auxiliadora, the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula. It was sent to Utrera by Saint John Bosco, who founded the Salesian Order in 1885. Also worth mentioning is the magnificent pictorial decoration from the late 17th to early 18th century, the heyday of Sevillian mural painting.
Open only in the afternoon, from 20:00 onwards or during mass times.