Iglesia de Santa María La Mayor

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

The city’s original mosque metamorphosed into this elegant church. Just inside the entrance is an arch covered with Arabic inscriptions, which was part of the mosque’s mihrab (prayer niche indicating the direction of Mecca). The church has been declared a national monument, and its interior is an orgy of decorative styles and ornamentation. A huge, central, cedar choir stall divides the church into two sections: aristocrats to the front, everyone else at the back.