Lora de Estepa – Church of San Miguel
San Miguel Church
Saint Miguel Church is a building from the 18th century which consists on one single nave, covered with a tube with “fajones” vault, afterwards being added to it another one by the left side.
It presents a main altarpiece that consists on three passages between “estipites”, that frame the sculpture of Saint Miguel Archangel, also dating from 18th century. To the left it appears Saint Antonio and to the right Saint Gema, dating about 1800.
On the left lateral nave there is another altarpiece of “estipites” dating from the second half of the 18th century with the image of the Virgin of El Rosario.
Moreover, in the same lateral nave is located, in a niche, a sculpture of candlestick of Jesus Nazareno, a work made by the native of Antequera sculptor Diego Márquez y Vega, dating from 1788, and the altarpiece of the Virgin of Los Dolores.
NOTE: “Fajón”: arch which supports a vault.
“estipites”: quadrangular columns in the shortened pyramid form, with the smaller base downwards.
The origins of Holy Week in Lora go back to the foundation of the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia and María Santísima de los Dolores in the 18th century. Both Thursday and Good Friday procession of the same size, although on Thursday it represents Our Father Jesus “”Prendido”” and on Friday “”Nazareno””, finally being Holy Saturday when a group of women carry the stretchers of the Christ of Mercy, accompanying Our Lady of Sorrows in each of the processional parades through the streets and squares of the urban area. Read more…