Holy Chapel of the Saviour
Holy Chapel of the Saviour
4.5
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
About
This free-standing chapel, the pantheon of Francisco de los Cobos, secretary to Emperor Charles V and his chief advisor in matters of the imperial funds, is a masterpiece by Diego de Siloé; its layout embodies the full funerary symbolism of the rotunda as an evocation of the Holy Sepulchre. Siloé's design was executed by Andrés de Vandelvira, who crafted the entire Sacristy. The result is a church that stands comparison with the finest Italian Renaissance architecture.
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,902 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This church is the key building in a large square with a number of historic buildings and was built between 1536 and 1559 and is quite elaborate inside and worthy of a visit.
Written June 20, 2023
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
The Holy Chapel of El Salvador dominates the Plaza Vazquez Molina because of its beautiful architecture. Inside one goes to the main chapel and is astounded by the beauty of the chapel with everything gilded. I especially liked the designs of the many small angels there. The Sacristy door is something to spend looking at because of its beautiful design. The Sacristy itself has many small sculptures that are very good. Andres de Vandelvira, the architect of the Chapel, really was the architectural genius of his time. We are thankful for his many contributions that he has left us.

I talked to Gonzalo, the young man in charge of the chapel, and asked him when the newly discovered sculpture of a boy by Michelangelo was coming back to the chapel. He said it is on tour in Italy now because the Italians restored it. It may return to the chapel early next year.
Written October 14, 2013
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
The Holy Chapel of El Salvador was created by Andres de Vandelvira and is another Renaissance masterpiece. It is the most famous building in Ubeda and one of the best examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture, also the most ambitious private religious architecture of the Spanish Renaissance.

The building was ordered to be constructed by Francisco de los Cobos, who was the secretary of the Emperor Carlos V, and it was going to be used as a funeral chapel. The construction started in 1536 under the direction of Diego de Siloe. Later Andres de Vandelvira took over in 1540.

The elaborate façade was done by the French sculptor Esteban Jamete and is one of the richest in the Spanish Renaissance. It has an enormous decorative richness, and includes the family coat of arms of Francisco de los Cobos. There is also the coat of arms of his wife, Doña Maria de Mendoza, of the prominent Manrique family. The coat of arms are held up by warriors and women. The facade has Christian themes from the Old and New Testaments and also pagan themes. The structure of the facade is like a triumphal arch, with two small round towers, one one each side of the main door. The front is divided into two bodies and topped with a triangle. The first body has the monumental door with a semicircular arch. Above the arch the virtues are holding a board. There are double fluted columns on each side of the door. The second body of the facade has a relief of the Transfiguration of Christ between two sculptures of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew inside two openings. Above are three windows. The north facade was designed by Andres de Vandelvira.

The dome of the church is very impressive with its paintings. The altarpiece is called the Christ of the Transfiguration of Mount Tabor and is the work by Berruguete. The altar is impressive because it is all in gold leaf. What calls one’s attention is the large number of sculptures and paintings of angels, of all sizes.

There is a beautiful sacristy done by Vandelvira and Esteban Jamete, with beautiful sculptures and a very decorative ceiling. The sculptures include caryatides, atlantes, angels, and medallions with allegories. In the church is a beautiful copy of El Greco’s painting Holy Family and St. Anne, done in ceramic tile. Today the chapel is private property.
Written April 20, 2012
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Cheezypuf
Dublin, Ireland237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
The exterior is beautiful, particularly the carving of the "Moor Slayer", but it's the inside that's the highlight. The gold is slightly faded, the wood a bit dusty and the paint somewhat scuffed, but it's all the more beautiful for it. What you get is an authentic Renaissance church, without the polish and lacquer of the overly restored higher profile churches in bigger cities.

Take some time to soak in the wealth of decoration.
Written April 1, 2013
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urbanrev
Boca Raton, FL175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
By the time you make it to Ubeda, you may have had your fill of Renaissance high alters and ornate carvings. But, step to the side chapel, and admire the sculpture in the hidden grottos of the room and along its upper edges. There are some really great ones here. Regrettably, my educated daughter was not with me to read the Latin.
Written July 2, 2019
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Syd T
Vatican City, Italy28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Especially at dusk!

In the day, look at the side of the building at the very top and you will see a very accurate sun dial:) that was our favorite part of visiting this building
Written September 26, 2018
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Annie
Paris, France77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
The chapel is quite impressive, it’s worth getting inside (maybe a little pricey for what it is, the entrance fee of Granada Royal Chapel is the same). The audioguide gave too much information, each explanation was 15 min long (not exaggerating!) which makes it hard to follow. It would have been preferable to give important information with a “if you’d like more details on X press 123”.
Written September 19, 2018
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MaximeVDW
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This chapel is amazing. Even knowing that you can only be crazed by the size of the choir. A must see and the audio guide will provide a lot of information.
Written October 6, 2017
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djdg1
Rugby, UK44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
Don't get me wrong the interior of this church is good but with an entry price of 5 euros for what took us 15 minutes to look around I thought was expensive. You get an audio guide included but the dull voice didn't too much to impress on us the wonder of the church.
Yes the carvings and the altar are nice but I've seen much better.
What is very good is the exterior. Unless you are a lover of church interiors I would stick to the outside as the setting on the square is wonderful.
Written July 23, 2013
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Jakmor
Sidney, Canada48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
Tourist groups stand in the plaza and take pictures of the magnificent exterior but not all go inside and the inside is a visual treat. This 16th century church was build for the secretary to Charles V. The exterior is richly decorated with religious symbolic carvings as are the doors. Inside is a single nave and some of the decoration is gone but the high altar and the grille that separates the high altar are spectacular. The 3 dimensional marble statue on the altar has movement and the floor is tiled in a semicircle that must have taken great skill. Apparently this church suffered damage during the Franco era but effort has been made to reclaim and restore. My tip is to pay for the explanatory recording as it is full of information that enhances the visual experience.
Written December 11, 2012
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