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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.

"Ronda", Briefs, Country, Spain

“Colegiata Santa María la Mayor” of Ronda

The “Colegiata Santa María la Mayor” in Ronda exhibits two different architectural styles, Gothic and Mannerism. This latter style en reference to many diverse architectural elements fond in this structure, without the same meeting a specific function. This occurred given the long period of time of construction which began in 1486 and lasted almost 200 years. This temple was built over the old mosque (Dated back to the XIII Century). Continue reading ““Colegiata Santa María la Mayor” of Ronda”

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The Holy Ghost Church of Ronda

The Holy Ghost (or Spirit) Church in Ronda was ordered built by the Catholic Kings over the existing Mosque in the “Arrabal Alto” sector. It was consecrated in devotion to the “Sancti Spiritus” in commemoration of the day on which the city was recovered. The works must have been done in the late XV and early XVI centuries, built in stone. The structure presents a uniform construction which pertains to a hybrid of the Gothic and Renaissance, typical of the period. Continue reading “The Holy Ghost Church of Ronda”