Church of San Miguel Archange

The Parish Church, just in front of the main entrance of the Castillo-Fortaleza, like the one dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, patron of Cumbres Mayores. Has correspondence with the high buildings during the reign of the Catholic Kings, although the possibility exists that was built on the remains of an older one.
 
This church is located in the city center, in the Plaza de Portugal, in the highest part of the town, and is liturgically oriented from east to west.
The interior of this majestic cathedral architectural work, declared Monument of Cultural Interest (BIC), transports you to a difficult environment to reproduce. The austerity of the columns and arches of mud bricks dotted with large granite blocks recalling the Moorish style, makes the vision is directed to the altar where the golden and yellow frame a rich imagery of Late Baroque. Work funded by the donation made by Captain Juan Gómez Márquez nature of the place that went to America and made military career in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, establishing residence in the Mexican city of Antequera de Oaxaca (Mexico).
 
 
The side chapels of rich ornamentation, tales of times of glory. Which include altarpieces, paintings, imagery, ... sprinkled with silvery glitter of some of the pieces that make up the Silver Treasure of the Indies and the recovered remains of the Convent of Santa Clara.
 
Its splendor of worship is directly related to the Feast of Corpus Christi, where finery mantilla, united with the symbolism of custody and the three most venerated images in the municipality dates are desired by everyone.
 
It really is a magical place, full of history, culture and tradition intertwined with the echoes of the desires, hopes and promises of the origins of  Cumbres Mayores.
 
 

FACTS

  • At the front door we find two ornamental details: one is a tile with the representation of the sun, light purification, and just below this symbol are a shield marble carving of the Giralda in Sevilla link to his past.
  • The sundial adorns his front was not always there, at one time he was on the floor of another room.
  • They retain some of the tombstones that filled the floor of the church. Highlight one incorporating the symbol of the Camino de Santiago and other Roman times.
  • There is a theory that reveals that it could be an adaptation of a military thirteenth century church, its austere character is consistent with the form of construction of the Knights Templar.

  

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