Parroquia Mayor de Santa Cruz

Sevilla Province

Like several of Écija’s churches, this handsome iglesia was fashioned in the late 18th century after a 1755 earthquake damaged the pre-existing Gothic-Mudéjar church, itself built over a former mosque. A few Arabic traces survive, along with several Gothic arches from the 13th-century church. The cavernous interior boasts a gold baroque retablo and an early Christian sarcophagus, now used as the main altar, with three Old Testament episodes chiselled onto it.

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1. Iglesia de San Pablo y Santo Domingo


This modest Gothic-Mudéjar church, built in the late 1500s and early 1600s, boasts some theatrical baroque decor and an 18th-century brick belltower.

2. Iglesia de San Juan

0.21 MILES

The Iglesia de San Juan sits a few blocks northeast of Plaza de España. Its main drawcard is its baroque tower, an intricate fairy-tale confection whose…

3. Iglesia de Santa María

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4. Palacio de Peñaflor

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5. Museo Histórico Municipal

0.28 MILES

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6. Castillo de Almodóvar

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7. Plaza de Toros

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8. Cilla del Cabildo Colegial


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