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“My House shall be called a House of Prayer .....”

Iglesia de Santa Maria la Mayor
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Ronda Day Trip from Seville: Wine Tasting, Bullfighting Ring and Optional...
Ranked #11 of 88 things to do in Ronda
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

As a practising Christian, i really feel that entry to a church should be free and dependent on freely given offerings. i would probably have left more that the entry fee, but I will NOT pay to go into churches. It is a hideous practice and should be stopped immediately.

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Reviewed 20 January 2014

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This church, the most important one in Ronda, is well worth a visit.

It is a stone's throw from the Palacio Mondragon - just turn right when you leave the Palace, follow the little street, and you'll get there.

It is in an attractive square named after the Duquesa de Parcent - shady with somewhere to sit and have a drink and a few tapas. When you are standing facing the church, the building at right angles on your left is a nunnery, a real-live nunnery where there are still nuns living and praying. The building at right angles on your right, with the colonnades, is the Ayuntamiento - Town Hall. It usually has police cars parked outside.

But now stand and stare at the church itself.

The first thing that strikes you is that it has balconies. A church with balconies? I do wonder if this is also the living quarters for the priests, because on occasion you see bedding spread out over the balcony railings to air. Not normal to see that in a church.

The next thing is the tower. The bottom part - i.e. excluding the "wedding cake" later addition on the top - is a minaret. Let's not forget that Ronda was conquered by the Arabs in 713, and only re-conquered by Isabel and Fernando in 1485, so it had more than 750 years of Muslim rule, and of course of Islam.

In fact, the basic structure of the whole church is a mosque, although it has been subject to "home improvements" over the centuries. Inside the only relic of its Islamic past is the handsome Mihrab, the arch indicating to the faithful the direction of Mecca. You can see this in one of my photos.

The remainder of the inside is a riot of Christian colour and gold leaf. Quite splendid, both the main altar and retablo and the side chapels.

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