Santiponce Itálica


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Our Lady of Carmen Church


It is the oldest temple on Isla Mayor. This iconic building in the King Alfonso XIII hamlet has a single nave and an 18-metre bell tower. The temple built in the Andalusian style with Arabic tiles and bricks has a portico and a tower inspired by the San Roque Church in Seville. King Alfonso XIII laid the foundation stone of this beautiful church on 3 May 1928 in the presence of the Prince of Wales and his brother, George.

It consists of a ground level with a 9-metre tall staircase leading to the bell tower. The main body is very similar to the Giralda in Seville built with clad brick. It has two concentric towers, inside and outside, with a ramp leading to the bell tower placed between both. The exterior wall of the tower is covered from the plinth up with grey bastard mortar applied with a Tyrolean gun and later whitewashed.

The image of Our Lady of Carmen stands in the main altar. The bell tower offers beautiful views of Isla Mínima natural area. 


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