Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church

Bujalance, Spain

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción originates from the church of Santa Maria, which was built above the medieval mosque, near the town's Alcazaba, after the area had been conquered by Ferdinand III of Castile. The edifice is in Gothic-Renaissance style, with ogival arcades and pillars attributed to Hernán Ruiz the Elder, Hernán Ruiz the Younger (1556) and Hernán Ruiz III. The Gothic cross-vault ceiling is the oldest part of the church.

The Renaissance high altar (16th century) is attributed to Guillermo de Orta and Andrés de Castillejo, with paintings by Leonardo Enríquez de Navarra. Next to the altar is a small hexagonal chapel in Baroque style, from the early 18th century. Other artworks include the Roccoco case by the Cordoban goldsmith Damián de Castro, a large canvas of the Battle of Lepanto and a side Baroque portal in pink marble.

The tilting tower, begun in 1611 and finished in 1788, has a height of 55 meters.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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juan antonio serrano jurado (2 years ago)
Iglesia de neorrenacentista con la 2 torre mas alta después de la torre de la giralda
Gabriel Valdivia (2 years ago)
Majestuoso templo renacentista que impone por su belleza y dimensiones acompañada por la 2a torre más alta de Andalucía (llamada la torre de "Pisa" de Andalucía) por su inclinación. Es una belleza y merece la pena visitarla. Se le llama la catedral de la campiña. Todo un regalo para los sentidos. Además firma parte de la llamada arquitectura del sol junto a otras construcciones seculares en la localidadcon con fantásticos e intrigadores teorías sobre su construcción y el número áureo.
La catedral de la campiña. Un lugar k hay k visitar sin duda. Devoción y patrimonio de unen en un marco incomparable.
MR DONLEVY (2 years ago)
Hoy emiten la misa desde aquí TVE 2 ,El protagonismo que ha tenido Bujalance y su término municipal en la Historia se debe fundamentalmente a su localización, en medio del camino natural hacia el sur de la península ibérica y a su suelo, muy fértil y rico en aguas subterráneas.
Javi Solis (2 years ago)
Muy bonita esta iglesia de gran tamaño, junto a la enorme torre
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