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From Bratislava to Granada. Another architectural beauty, this time from sunny Andalusia in Spain.

Outstanding of Granada’s Alhambra areal is the Church of Santa Maria (St Mary Church) of the Alhambra, the building of which was completed in the 17th century on the site of the Alhambra’s Great Mosque.

The building of the church, which took place between 1581 and 1618, was finished by the architect Ambrosio de Vico, who followed Herrera’s and Juan de Orea’s style, although with a much simpler and plainer building style than the original design had been.

With it its Latin-cross floor design and side chapels, it is noted for its outstanding Baroque altarpiece framed by large Solomon-style columns from 1671, and the Crucified Christ and the large images of St. Ursula and St. Susan, by Alonso de Mena.

Most important, however, is the Virgin of Anguish, a work of art done by Torcuato Ruiz del Peral between 1750 and 1760; at Easter, the Virgin is taken out of the Temple for the procession and borne on a beautiful Grenadian throne depicting the arches of the Court of the Lions embossed silver. Federico Garcia Lorca was a member of this Confraternity.

The Church is consecrated to the Catholic cult and is under the authority of the Archbishop of Granada.

Do not miss this historical jewel when you are visiting Granada, the pearl of Andalusia.

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