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“Beautiful building”

Church of San Ildefonso
Ranked #11 of 59 things to do in Jaen
Certificate of Excellence
Bath, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Beautiful building”
Reviewed 27 March 2013

Beautiful building, worth a visit. It's by a lovely square with fantastic tapas bars. During Semana Santa it's the perfect place to watch the processions leave the church, a truly emotional experience.

Visited April 2012
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

This is an old church and pretty, though a bit plain. If you're in a time crunch, I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. The area around the church is nice and pedestrian friendly (though the streets are narrow) if you want to go exploring (Plaza de los toros is pretty). There was also a restaurant nearby that was decently priced with generous portions (El Bocao, calle Salsipuedes).

Visited April 2012
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Malaga, Spain
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“A Historic Church”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

Not far from the Cathedral is the Church of San Ildefonso, a Gothic church built in 1248, that is venerated by the faithful because it has the Virgin of the Chapel, who is the patron saint of Jaen. It is said that on June 10, 1430, the Virgin descended from heaven and freed the city from a Moorish siege. The high altarpiece shows the descent of the Virgin to the city and it also contains the tomb of Andres de Vandelvira, the architectural genius.

The exterior of the church is like a fortress. There are two towers beside the facade. The main facade was done in the 18th century in the Neoclassic style by Ventura Rodriguez. This facade has four columns with a cornice supporting a triangular front. The lateral facade has a Renaissace style that dates from the 16th century and was designed by Andres de Vandelvira.

There are three naves in the church with pillars that support pointed arches. The style is late Gothic. The main altar is Baroque and was designed by Pedro Duque. The sacristy contains valuable objects of art.

Visited July 2011
Thank BennyMalaga
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