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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. The exterior presents the appearance of a fortress, also common at the time. The facade is a simple one, in line with church styles at the end of the Gothic era. The main entry has a semi-circular arch, with an irregular framework, the only Moorish detail observed. Over the arch we find an alcove in the form of a dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.


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