Jimena de la Frontera Sanctuary Our Lady of the Angels
Sanctuary Our Lady of the Angels – Jimena de la Frontera
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Angels is located in the Barriada de la Estación (Los Angeles), in the municipality of Jimena de la Frontera.
The Sanctuary was probably erected at the end of the 15th century. The artists Andrés López del Castillo (engraver) and Juan Enríquez (painter) are responsible for the construction of the altarpiece of the hermitage. After the 18th century, the temple was enlarged and renovated to be used as a monastery by the monks of St. Francis of Assisi.
The sanctuary church is composed of a single nave, covered with a barrel vault and a secondary vault. The main chapel is enclosed by a dome on horns and a high choir at the feet. It is of interest the admirable sacristy and its portificate cloister square with arches and pillars made of brick, whose center appears decorated by a garden that is watered with water from a well also located in its central part.
The chapel of the Virgin is framed within the baroque style while its image, made of polychrome stone, can be a much older carving if we atted to the ancestral tradition that speaks about the origin of various Marian images, in this case is attributed to the evangelist San Lucas and his origin from Antioch to Spain in 190 AD.