Iglesia del Espiritu Santo
Iglesia del Espiritu Santo
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tripsandfood55
London, UK4,457 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Also known as the Holy Spirit Church of ronda. In Nov21, the sign on the wall stated "open from 10.00am to 2.00pm" with entry at 1 euro. However, this may be subject to change. Our book mentioned that it was built between 1485 and (completed) 1505, on
destroyed foundations of an octagonal tower used by the Moors to defend the gate and walls.
Written February 13, 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Right after the "Reconquista" in 1485, the legendary Catholic Kings themselves ordered the construction of the "Iglesia del Espiritu Santo", as the Christian faith and the cult of the "Holy Spirit" were being reintroduced in Ronda. The 15th century fortress-like church is still there and, even after many renovations along the years, some of its original gothic and baroque characteristics can still be seen. Please check visiting hours before going. Enjoy!
Written February 28, 2020
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Bruce W
Mijas, Spain1,775 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Lowering above the Almocábar gate, this fortlike building is actually the church of the Holy Spirit and is considered to be the Ciudad's unofficial cathedral, and is definitely the place where the señoritos and their ladies from Ronda's old families can be seen at Sunday mass.
Construction of the church was begun in 1485 by order of the Reyes Catolicos, in the year that they regained control of Ronda from the Moors; it took twenty years to build. Its architects built with prudence as much as with religious fervour, as first and foremost it was a fortification, possible incursions being envisaged in its future. Its interior is vast but largely featureless, apart from a baroque screen. Behind the altar, a baroque-style depiction of the Virgin and Holy Spirit, and one of Ronda's many spectacular funerary biers, which is paraded by dozens of bearers during the Semana Santa processions at Easter. Otherwise, the church is a substantial, but unpretentious building, externally devoid of decorative attention and singularly short of windows.

It is a steady climb to the top of the bell tower, but be aware of the time of your visit, as at the top of the hour its mighty bell lets out a suitably apocalyptic peal – not a sound to be ignored.

On the corner of the defenses, overlooking the flank of the Puerta de Almocábar, the Almohad rulers had erected an octagonal tower that fell victim to the Christians' cannon fire during their successful assault in 1485. The place is now marked by the Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, the church constructed by the Christians to celebrate their victory on Whit Sunday, May 20th 1485; the day appointed by tradition to mark the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples after Christ's crucifixion and ascension into Heaven. Perhaps surprisingly, considering the magnitude of the triumph it was built to commemorate, it has but a single nave. Visually however, it has much more to recommend it inside than outside and is good value for the one euro admission charge.

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Written December 19, 2018
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,946 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Just outside the city walls this church is on a nice old street . It’s not in great condition as is evidenced from the photos.
Written August 9, 2020
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Jo K
Bexley, UK1,410 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This church dates back to the 15th century. It's open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 13.30 and 16.00 - 19.00 and is closed on Sundays and Bank holidays. It costs just 1 Euro for entrance. A peaceful interior with many statues, alters and paintings. A beautiful church to visit
Written May 9, 2018
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Malcolm McD
Glasgow, UK438 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is an imposing building at the far end of Ronda. many tourists will just stay in the centre but this is worth the short walk to see this lovely 15th century church.
Written February 25, 2020
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Dr Benjamin P
Whangarei, New Zealand782 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Like so many churches in Spain and France, foundations and ruins from earlier years are the basis for add-on structures, and on a smaller scale, this is another example. The church is part of an earlier fortress, and what must have been the original castle building, has been transformed. The battlements and towers are still in place with allied military features and, all is accessible, including the tower of the now, church, for stunning views. There are some interesting relics and religious items in the church and while all is on a modest scale, is well worth a visit in passing. At 1 euro, the fee will not break the bank!
Written October 30, 2019
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Jo_and_Tom
Anna, OH1,943 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The church is part of the 15th Century fortifications and gate of Ronda. It is about a 15 minute walk from the New Bridge to this area - all down hill but uphill as you go back. We originally didn't plan on visiting this since we wanted to eat at the Bogadas San Francisco which is close to the church. The outside of the Church is unpretentious. Considering it is a Fortress Church which was never updated and retains its classic structure with embellishments of its interior altars. For the 1 euro fee you can climb to top of bell tower but I was pooped and couldn't climb many more steps considering we had to go back to the bridge. Would I take special trip to see church, probably not but it was interesting when you see how it was part of fortifications. It is an active church not a museum.
Written October 12, 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
A 15h century church with a Barouqe interior and a nice tower which can be climbed to the top for nice views. Entrance is 1 euro though i think it should be free (maybe charge for the tower but not for the church itself).
Written December 3, 2018
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Torbittravels
London, England7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
stunning altar with old style painting of the virgen. The School of Ubrique painting of the Last Supper is a large painting on the side wall worth contemplating for a while. you can see the arrow slits and the style reflects the history of the region and Moorish conflict. worth the walk and close to the old walls.
Written October 23, 2017
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