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Church of Santa Cruz

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ThewanderingLoiner wrote a review Mar 2019
Malaga, Spain7,289 contributions208 helpful votes
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The church is just a shell due to it never been finshed which makes it very unique.its on a beautifully spotless little square where there is a bar so you can sit with a drink and enjoy the view. My favourite spot in a lovely town
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Mae B wrote a review Mar 2019
Ecija, Spain132 contributions33 helpful votes
Half ruin, half marvelous restoration. The ruins part actually adds to the magnificience of this once Muslim Mosque.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Raffiella11 wrote a review Oct 2015
Leicestershire, United Kingdom4,664 contributions520 helpful votes
Whilst discovering this sleepy town just off the motorway, you will find lots of cobbled streets, masses of church towers and lovely squares which contains this beautiful church. Go inside is a must.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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Dragon Sisters wrote a review Dec 2014
Australia140 contributions28 helpful votes
This is a wonderful place that just oozes history. As other reviewes have said it is sited on what was a mosque but it dates back even further an as you walk around the outside area and look at the structures you can almost feel it come alive. Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: November 2014
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BennyMalaga wrote a review Apr 2012
Malaga, Spain89,422 contributions3,519 helpful votes
The Church of Santa Cruz was built where a mosque had been located and after the Christian conquest in 1240 the new church was built. However the earthquake of 1755 damaged it and a new church in the Neoclassic style was built between 1778 and 1836. The church was left unfinished for lack of money and two naves were not constructed. There is a patio outside the church showing on the floor where the church would have been constructed if it had been completed. The church has three naves and has many Baroque altars. The main altarpiece was made in the 18th century and is one that is dedicated to the Virgen del Socorro and came from the Convento de la Concepcion de los Mercedarios. There is a Christian sarcophagus of the 5th century that is used as an altar table and it is said that it contains the remains of San Fulgencio. This sarcophagus has reliefs showing figures from the Old Testament. On the left nave is found the Chapel of the Virgen del Valle. She is the patron saint of the city and her festival is on Sept. 8. There is a very good Museum of Sacred Art which contains a large collection of silverwork and gold vessels, paintings, sculptures, and priestly vestments. One outstanding painting is that of Christ on the Cross done by Zurbaran. In one corner is a turntable that has a very large silver monstrance and the table turns to show all the sides of this monstrance. The image of the Virgen del Valle was made before the Arab invasion and was hidden with the remains of Santa Florentina in the wall of a convent. Legend has it that the Count of Palma Luis Portocarrero was hunting pigeons near the remains of the old convent and discovered the image of the Virgin in a wall. The image was then transferred permanently to the Church of Santa Cruz, where it is now. Inside the church near the entrance is the statue of Ceferino Gimenez, who was a Gypsy from Barbastro. He was a good Catholic and in 1936 he defended on the street a priest who was being attacked by the Reds. The Reds arrested him and he was shot because he said he was a Catholic and would not change his faith. He has now been beatified and may become the first Gypsy saint of Spain.
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Date of experience: July 2011
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