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.