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Iglesia de Santa María del Mercado

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Brief Description

The Parish church of ‘Nuestra señora del Mercado’ is located within the walls of the population, near the Gateway to the castle grounds. Apparently the name of the church comes from its location in the plaza which formerly held the market.

It is a construction of the XV century, of Gothic style, and has undergone several modifications, especially XVII century Baroque additions. Although these did not alter the size of the temple itself, it facilitated the replacement of roofs and changed the original look of the interior.

The building is of masonry and ashlars, with three aisles, the centre the higher of the three, making four sections. The space immediately at the head of the chapel is of Baroque style, with separate square galleries to either side, making a type of crossroads.  

There are three entrances to the church, although that of the epistle is sealed and not in use today. The largest is located at the foot of the church, with a pointed arch and a slight flare. On the entrance, embedded into the wall of the outside, there is a small alabaster relief, probably a remnant of the old church. In the relief there is a discrete representation of the floor upon which Christ died.

The tower stands on the gospel side of the church, square and divided into two bodies, emphasising the upper part where four semicircular openings show the bells, accessed by a spiral staircase.

The devotional and liturgical objects and furniture kept in the temple vary, and the piece that stands out most, for its historical and artistic nature, is the altarpiece. Its architecture is simple, with a structured bank, made from two parts, five blocks and a pediment. In the centre of the first part there is an image of the Virgin and Child in polychrome and wood, in the same style as that of the altarpiece. Another outstanding piece is a rococo altarpiece in the epistle side of the building, with XVIII century images of Santa Catalina and San Francisco. In the chapel of Santa María is a baroque altarpiece dating back to about 1720, with a picture of Nuestra Señora del Mercado.

Of great artistic interest is the image of a crucified Christ, called ‘Cristo del Amparo’. It is a XV century work of outstanding quality. There is also a Baroque organ with furniture of pebbles and cherubs made by Francisco de Andía in 1763.



 

 

 

 

 

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