Church of St. Jaume

Alcúdia, Spain

The construction of St. Jaume's Church is a consequence of the increasing devotion that Alcudia and the neighbouring villages felt for Saint Christ. It was believed that Saint Christ had sweated water and blood in 1507 in the cave of Sant Marti (on the outskirts of the city) to implore for rain during a drought. The first stone was laid on 8 December 1675 and the works finished in 1697. The chapel is notable for the central dome and four side chapels along with the altar piece which is a spectacular work of baroque art. The latter shows the l'horror vacui and is the work of sculptor Mateu Joan i Serra and was made between 1699 and 1703. The altarpiece was restored in 2007 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Saint Christ.

The main altar piece was constructed over two periods, the stonemasonry is that of sculptor Llorenc Ferrer i Marti, the rest was made by Miquel Arcas. In the centre of the altarpiece is an image of Saint James, patron saint of Alcudia and the parish.

The construction is neo-Gothic with a major reconstruction of part of the building being completed in 1893.

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Founded: 1675-1697
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Leeanne Kenney (5 years ago)
Beautifully built church. €1 entry. Peaceful atmosphere even though it is busy
Sandra Persson (5 years ago)
Cheap to enter this really beautiful church / museum. I highly recommend to visit
C Ja (5 years ago)
Nice day out to visit the old town and take a look around the cathedral. Just for 1€ you can visit the museum inside. You can walk on the wall around the old town and see the views it offers.
Brian Vear (5 years ago)
Beautiful church well worth the 1€ entrance fee if your in the old town alcudia
Mike Pinter (5 years ago)
Great place to browse, shop, eat and for sightseeing local history
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