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Altar of the “Colegiata Santa María la Mayor” in Ronda

From above, the main altar of the church or “Colegiata Santa María la Mayor” in Ronda. This temple was built over an old “aljama*” mosque of the city dated to the XIII century. Its construction works began following the re-conquest in 1486 and lasted close to 200 years. As a result, one can find differente architectural styles used, basically Gothic and Mannerist. The latter style incorporates multiple architectural elements without necessarily having a specific function.



*aljama – is a term of Arabic origin used in old official documents in Spain and Portugal to designate the self-governing communities of Moors and Jews living under Christian rule in the Iberian Peninsula.

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