CHURCH OF EL SALVADOR

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CHURCH OF EL SALVADOR

This church is one of the most important religious buildings in Seville. In fact, for a time it was also the largest one, until it was constructed what nowadays is the city’s Cathedral, becoming the second largest one, until nowadays.

It is a Catholic temple from the 18th century, although its original construction on which the current one was built, was an old caliphal mosque, and prior to that, a Roman basilica. To get an idea, since the 9th century it has been the location of cult buildings from different civilizations and cultures. Undoubtedly, these places are a great tourist attraction and not only for foreigners who come to learn about our culture, but also for Sevillians and people from different places in Spain who do not want their history and roots to be forgotten, wanting to know everything that the walls of this temple enclose.

The main style reflected in its artistic representations and in its decoration and architecture is the Baroque. We can appreciate it, for example, in the two main altarpieces of the temple: the main altarpiece and the facade altarpiece of the sacramental chapel. These are two majestic and truly impressive works, both designed by the same artist, that perfectly represent the essence of the Sevillian Baroque.

The church is still active both for religious worship activities (weddings, baptisms, masses…) and for more touristic and cultural activities. The last ones are available from Monday to Saturday, from 10.15 am to 6 pm.

Even for people that use to visit this type of temples and places of religious worship, the Church of El Salvador in Seville is always considered a masterpiece of architecture and art. We can see it throughout the vicinity of the building in elements such as its columns, figures, paintings and ornamentation.

Although Baroque is the main style that we can find in the Church of El Salvador, due to its proximity in time we can still perfectly appreciate the passage of other cultures in many parts of the temple. For example, in its orange tree garden. Visitors can access to it through both the Plaza del Salvador and the Córdoba Street (in Córdoba, another Andalusian city, we can find a garden with the same name, but, in that case, it is located in its Mosque-Cathedral). In the Church of El Salvador, you can see traces of Roman and Visigoth culture, in arches or columns. Leaving the garden behind, we can reach the funerary chapel of the Pineda, a Mudejar Gothic chapel in whose crypt are buried important figures, as the Spanish royal family of Bourbon-Orleans.

It is honestly one of the most popular visits among tourists and even the Sevillian public. It is a big building with a huge historical and cultural density, which makes short a visit of several hours, and is full of unimaginable data and stories. We should have in mind that is a place of half a millennium year of antiquity. What would be impossible to live in 5 lives is represented on their walls, their facades, their figures…

We recommend a guided visit to the Church of El Salvador in Seville, to discover its corners and details. Even in its square, called Plaza del Salvador, in which it is located, we can already find history, because it was for years the square of the cemetery until the 18th century (yes, there are people buried under the square).

The Church of El Salvador is a must if you go to Seville.

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