Puente Genil – Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación
Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación
The Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Purificación (Parish Church of Our Lady of the Purification) is situated in the old part of the town of Puente Genil, a few metres from the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) of the town.
It is the oldest of the parish churches of the town, of which there are records already in the 15th century. Inside we find three naves, central and lateral, as well as two Baroque chapels of interest, the Sagrario (Cibrary, where the consecrated Host is kept) sometimes called the Tabernacle, and that which is called “de Animas”, built in the 17th and 18th century respectively.
The image of Nuestra Senora is to be found in the centre of the classical shrine, of carved and gilded wood of the altar, being a small and exquisite polychrome attributed to local sculptor José Ruiz King.
Distributed around the head of the nave are various altarpieces of interest, the most spectacular being the “Virgen de las Angustias” from the 17th century.
On the side walls are large canvases by the “pontaneses painters” of the 19th century, Juan Montilla and Manuel Pérez de Siles having different religious themes.
A unique baroque sculpture is the Inmaculada Concepción, from the year 1753, by the great Cordoban baroque sculptor Pedro Duque Cornejo, which is to be found in one of the side altars of the Capilla des Ánimas, actually in the Sepulchre.
The images that are carried in procession during Holy week and which are quartered in the Parish Church of our Lady of the Purification are the Christ of Calvary and Ntra. Ms. del Consuelo, Holy Tuesday, the Virgin of the Sorrows on the Friday night and that of the Lord of the Sepulchre and Virgin of Tears on Holy Saturday.
The church tower was built in the year 1826, and another unfinished tower which only retains the main body that frames that which was remodeled through to the year of 1882, which constituted a major reform of this building.