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San Carlos El Real Church

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This former church of the Society of Jesus dates from the 17th century. When the Jesuits left, the convent was abandoned, and the church was stripped of its most interesting works. The main altarpiece was found in the parish of El Saucejo. The entire church became the property of the State -hence the epithet Real. It was ceded to the Economic Society of Friends of the Country in Osuna and, following its dissolution, to the City Council. It was used as a primary school and, since 1989, houses the Casa de la Cultura.

The portal is located in a narthex leading to the old Jesuit school, rather than on the façade. It is built in polychrome marble embellished with Solomonic columns. Opposite the portal is an altarpiece with Our Lady of Bethlehem from the second half of the 17th century. The tower has one of Osuna’s oldest clocks.

The single-nave church is covered by a barrel vault. A baroque altarpiece from the last third of the 17th century, brought here from the dilapidated San Francisco Convent, graces the presbytery. The side panels hold the images of Our Lady of Sorrow and St Anthony of Padua, while the central panel the sculpture of St Charles Borromeo, the patron saint of the church. The gables are reliefs that depict St Francis, the Visitation and St. Anthony. The Casa de la Cultura, Library and Municipal School of Music are housed in the former cloister. Altarpieces, sculptures and paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries, including the Martyrdom of Saint Laurean and Our Lady of Guadalupe, grace its walls.

Opening times

Winter
Sundays and days of obligation: 19:00 -20:30
(Mass 19:30)

Summer
Sundays and days of obligation: 20:30-22:00
(Mass 21:00)
Price: Free 

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