The Sanctuary dates back to the early 16th century when Antonio Barrados obtained permission to build a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Consolation. The titular image was gifted by the Nuestra Señora de la Antigua Convent. On 31 March 1561, the chapel was transferred to the congregation of Minimal Fathers. The construction of the convent and church began at that time.
News of the miracles of Our Lady of Consolation spread throughout Andalusia, especially among seafarers bound for the Americas. They visited the Sanctuary to implore the Virgin’s protection or thank her for a safe journey. Numerous offerings and small boats make up the Virgin’s trousseau, such as the Nao de Oro, the most valuable votive offering of all her possessions, gifted by Rodrigo de Salinas in 1579.
The temple is built in the classical Baroque style, from the early 17th century. It consists of a single nave with a transept on pillars and plastered brick walls. The main chapel is square and covered by wooden coffered ceilings with Mudejar strapwork. The entire apse is covered by a sizeable baroque altarpiece with the image of the patron saint of Utrera, Our Lady of Consolation, commonly known as “la del Barquito, in the centre.
The choir is located at the west end over a wooden coffered beam structure supported by white marble columns. The square tower, situated to one side of the main façade, has two levels and embellished with a simple decoration. The bell tower in the upper level has four sides with openings formed by semi-circular arches and crowned with a tile spire.
Monday – Friday: 9:00 - 13:00 and 17:30 - 20:30
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 14:00 and 17:30 - 20:30