Lucena – San Mateo Parish Church
San Mateo Parish Church – Lucena
The Church of San Mateo is considered the Subbetica Cathedral, its construction meets the Gothic-Mudejar and Renaissance artistic canons.
The architect Hernan Ruiz I began construction in 1498.
Late Gothic style are the covers of the sacristy and the exterior of Our Lady or Umbria.
From 1544 is the cover of San Miguel, showing transition from Gothic to Renaissance. The rest of the building is Renaissance, bouth in the pillars separating the three ships and the main entrance.
With a masterpiece of Spanish mannerism decotared the altar. Jerónimo Hernández worked in the architectural part altarpiece and its imagery by Juan Baustista Vázquez the Elder. Done in Seville between 1570 and 1578, twenty years later the painter Antonio Lucena began work Mohedano golden and polychromed stew it.
Mannerism: is the name given to the artistic style that began in Italy in the third decade of the sixteenth century and is sensed in the lat works of Michelangelo and Raphael.
In the Parish of San Mateo remanins the patron Blessed Maria Araceli from the last Sunday in April to the first of June and during the month of May the Aracelitanas festivities take place.