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Shrine to San Juan Bautista or Vera Cruz

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The Shrine to San Juan Bautista is located on the eastern edge of the San Juan Hill in Coria del Río. It has a north-south orientation and looks out over the River Guadalquivir as it flows past the town.

The shrine has a Mudéjar-style typical of churches in rural areas with transversal arches spanning the width of the nave. The hilltop location of the Shrine to San Juan Bautista, commonly known as the Shrine of Vera Cruz or “El Cerro”, is an important archaeological site. Artefacts from different historical periods and ancient times have been unearthed here, such as the Roman cipus or tombstone that is preserved in the shrine.

The shrine houses the image of the Holy Christ of the True Cross (c. 1500), the oldest and most valuable sculpture in Coria del Río. It is considered by many to be the earliest image of the True Cross in Andalusia.

The shrine has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest in the monument category. 

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