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Santa Maria de Gracia Church

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This Renaissance and baroque-style Church dates back to the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. It was built by Vermondo Resta and Hernán Ruiz II, among others. The latter was the master-builder of the Cathedral of Seville. The single-storey Church has a simple nave divided into four sections, several rooms and chapels, a unique bell tower in the atrium, the Main Chapel covered by a dome on pendentives and transverse vaults in the rest of the nave.

Highlights inside include a splendid, Sevillian 18th-century altarpiece, sculptures of the Christ of the Cross and the Immaculate Conception from the 16th century and 17th century, respectively, and the image of the patron saint, Our Lady of Grace. The Church boasts a 17th-century cross and an 18th-century silver chalice. Part of the artistic treasures was destroyed during a fire on 4 January 1953. The current high altar, also in Baroque style, was brought here from San Felipe Church in Carmona (Seville) after the fire. The Church was last renovated almost entirely in 2002.

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