Estepona – Church of Our Lady of the Remedies
Our Lady of Remedios Church – 18th Century – Estepona
The Church of Our Lady of the Remedies is the most important historical monument in Estepona, is located in the center of the town, just few minutes from the Clock Tower, from the Town Hall and from the San Luis Castle.
It was built in the 18th century and basically it was used as a convent by the Franciscan Friars until 1835, when the monks left the building due to the Disentailment Law, becoming later the Parish Church of Los Remedios.
The main façade has a Baroque front made of stone, wich combines Marian, Franciscan and colonial iconographical elements, and which reminds of the Hispano-American façades with Indian ornamentation.
The belfry, composed of four parts, ends in a pyramidal roof with glazed tiles.
The interior is divided into three naves covered by vaults and separated by semicircular arches.
The temmple is a very important place in the traditional Holy Week of Estepona, where the images of the Brotherhoods of Santa Maria de los Remedios, el Cautivo and la Veracruz are venerated.
According to texts found in the 15th century, the church of Santa María de los Remedios was erected during the reign of Enrique IV of Castile. Its construction was ordered in 1470 and the works began in 1473. Right next to the church and on the same date a castle was built.
Since then, the church has been reformed on several occasions, the last one in 1818, due to the great deterioration it had suffered due to the large amount of dust that came from the dilapidated walls of the castle, damaging existing altarpieces and jewels.
The church was built with the help of all the neighbors who contributed with alms or with their work.
In 1837 the parish was in a state of ruin and the city council was asked to transfer it to the convent of San Francisco, which had already been closed. The bishop of Malaga accepted in exchange for the dilapidated premises being delivered to the people of Estepona, the bishop accepts the exchange.
In February 1936 the church was burned and in August 1937 the inhabitants were asked for help to rebuild the church.
In 2000, two new bells were placed to join the two existing ones.
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