Sacred Heart Church

The Sacred Heart Church (Sagrado Corazon) is located at the Plaza de San Ignacio, adjacent to Calle Compania and very close to the Plaza de la Constitucion. It is a gorgeous Neo-Gothic church that was built in 1920 for the Jesuits and the architect was Fernando Guerrero Strachan. He was inspired by the cathedrals of Toledo and Burgos. The facade of the church has two towers that end in spires. There is a beautiful rose window in the center. The facade has a light colored surface that is also beautiful. 

The ground plan of the church is basilical and the church has three naves. The vault is octagonal and has a large segmented octagonal star filled with stained glass, which is very unusual. The main altar has a Gothic design and was the work of the sculptor Adrian Risueño. There is a sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by the artist Antonio Maumon, done in 1940. Beside the main altar are two large paintings which represent San Ignacio de Loyola and San Francisco de Borja. The main nave has mosaics that show angels with symbols of the Passion of Christ. The pulpit is Neo-Gothic and has polychromed figures of the saints and was made by Adrian Risueño. The choir is on the second floor at the back of the church and there is an organ behind the choir. On each side of the church, on the second level are galleries. Above the galleries are beautiful stained glass windows made by the famous French firm Maumejean. 

Here is a list of the stained glass windows:

Main altar, left:

El Salvador

San Jose

 

Main altar, right:

Inmaculado Corazon de Maria

San Juan Evangelista 


Crossing, left:

San Francisco de Sales

San Agustin 


Crossing, right:

Santa Margarita Maria.

Santa Maria Magdalena 


Central nave, left:

San Ignacio de Loyola

San Francisco Javier

San Estanislao

San Luis Gonzaga

San Francisco de Regis

San Francisco de Jeronimo

San Pedro Canisio

Beato Pedro Fabro 


Central nave, right:

San Francisco de Borja

San Juan Berchmans

San Pedro Claver

San Alonso Rodriguez

San Ciriaco

Santa Paula

Beato Francisco Espinola

Beato Francisco de Acebedo