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Guadix – Magdalena Church

Guadix Monuments

Guadix – Magdalena Church

The Magdalena Church is located in Cuesta de la Magdalena (street), near the La Magdalena Viewpoint and a two minutes from the Santo Domingo Church, in the Andalusian town of Guadix, Granada province.

The church is located in one of the most historical quarters of Guadix, which was first Christian, then Mozarabic and later Islamic. After the Christian Reconquest, a shrine was built which later became the church of a parish that included both the urban area and the neighbouring cave quarter.

The present church was built in the mid-16th century by master mason Ambrosio de Villegas and master carpenter Felipe Sánchez. It was later enlarged with side chapels and completed with the main portal. Although the most modest of the Mudejar churches in Guadix, its location affords it elegance, enhaced by the nearby mirador. The structure is the characteristic rubblework with brickwork borders, with wooden ceilings in the nave, main chapel and the bell tower, all decorated with simple interlacing woodwork. The remnants of 18th century popular art paintings are conserved in the lateral chapels.

The church lost its function as parish some time ago and has been recently restored. The monumental lateral portal is from the church´s early Baroque period and is entirely of dressed stonework. The inscription above the portal´s vaulted niche dates it to 1621. Another inscription, on the cornice, refers to St. Mary Magdalene: “ECCE MUHIER Q ERAT IN CIVITATE PECCATORIX, LUC[cas] 7”. The coat of arms is that of Bishop Plácido Tosantos, under whose prelature the church was built. The entrance doors boast fine ironwork from the same period.

Magdalena Church - Guadix


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