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Holy Spirit Church

Diputación de Málaga

Holy Spirit Church

Construction on this building began on the site of the Muslim mosque known as Arrabal Alto in the same year as the Catholic Kings reconquered the town in 1485. Work was completed some 20 years later. It mixes Gothic and Rennaisance architectural styles and only has one single nave divided up into three aisles, which are all covered by a ribbed vault and has three chapels: the one dediacted to the Virgen de Fátima and the other named the Sagrado Corazón. The main chapel is accessed through a triumphal arched gateway and has a hemispherical vault.

The rather sober front is framed within two strong braces which run from the upper part down to the ground. It is topped off with a triangular pediment with an eye of a ox set in the centre of the tympanum as its only ornamental detail. There is a split stain-glass window and below it a small vaulted niche which houses a dove that represents the Holy Spirit.

The area around the prespretry is covered by a vault made up of eight ribs that run over half-rounded arches. The effect and shapes that are formed by this rib constuction are very interesting, indeed.

The Main altar has a Baroque altarpiece, which has an air of Rococo to it. It has a panel which is definitely influenced by the Bizantina era with images of Nuestra Señora de la Antigua and a picture of the coming of the Holy Spirit. A sculptured representation of the “Santo Entierro” (Holy Burial) is housed in one of the side chapels and is web worthy of special mention. It has an extraordinary urn and a figure of Christ laid down to rest. On the Viernes Santo (Good Friday) it is paraded through the streets as evening arrives.

The exterior of the tower impresses visitors for its strength, as it was originally built as part of walled fortress with large butressess finished off with Rennasaince pinnacles. The entrance gateway is made of hewn cut stones and is in the form of a half-round arch which is within a Mudejar-like framework..

All in all, this is a great example of a Gothic-style building

Monuments and Art > Hermitage and Chapel
C/ Espíritu Santo, s/n, Zip Code 29400