Church of Santa Ana

Santa Ana Church

Towering over the popular Plaza Nueva in Granada, the Church of Santa Ana was erected upon the ancient Zirid mosque known as the Aljama of Almanzora. The construction of the church kicked off in 1537 and 1540, in accordance with a project by Diego de Siloé.

 

The facade, preceded by the church’s barred atrium, is made of brick, and its portal and beautiful tower are especially noteworthy. The construction of the splendid brick bell tower consists of three bodies decorated with blue and white ceramic glazed tiles.

The interior contains a single nave, typical in 16th century Granadian parishl churches, with side chapels and a very wide apse, a beautiful rectangular armor.

Among the many works preserved in the nave of the church are some by relevant Granadian artists: a 16th century Calvary by Diego de Aranda; two carvings by José de Mora (La Soledad is one of the masterpieces of Granadian Baroque statuary); and the Virgen de la Esperanza by José Risueño, the most beautifully dressed dolorosa of Granada, which parades alongside the Nazarene of Great Power in the Brotherhood of Hope.

On the other hand, the major chapel contains the carvings of San Jerónimo, by Risueño; of San Juan de Dios, by Diego de Mora; as well as a canvas of the Birth of the Virgin, by Pedro Atanasio de Bocanegra.

This monument is included in tour Granada Must-Do Tour

 

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