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Church of San Mateo

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Martino B wrote a review Nov 2016
Chelmsford, United Kingdom4,779 contributions730 helpful votes
Lovely church worth visiting if you are in the area of Lucena we stayed centrally and enjoyed the whole experience of seeing. Baroque architecture
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Date of experience: December 2016
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BennyMalaga wrote a review May 2012
Malaga, Spain89,398 contributions3,505 helpful votes
The Church of San Mateo is located at Plaza Nueva. The noble Diego Fernandez de Cordoba ordered the construction of the Church of San Mateo. It was started in 1498 and finished in 1544, with three naves. The original style was late Gothic, with Plateresque influences in the doors. The pillars look like they are Renaissance in style. The main door (Puerta de la Virgen) has a Renaissance style and is attributed to the architect Hernan Ruiz, done around 1550. There is a square tower with a spiral stairway to the top, and the tower contains five bells. The main design of the church today is Baroque. The main altarpiece was created in Sevilla by the sculptor Juan Bautista Vazquez El Viejo and the architect Jeronimo Hernandez. In the 17th and 18th century, this was gilded by Antonio Mohedano. This altarpiece has five levels and is one of the most impressive in Spain. The design of the altarpiece was meant to instruct the people about the Bible. The lowest level has images of San Juan, San Lucas, San Marcos, San Mateo and Aser and Zacarias. The second level has scenes from the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, and the Epiphany. The third level has the presentation of Jesus in the temple, the flight to Egypt, Jesus among the doctors, the baptism of Jesus, the Assumption of the Virgin, the Eucharist, Christ praying in the field before His captivity, the captivity of Christ, Jesus before the public, and the Resurrection. The highest level has figures of Christ on the cross, Christ taken down from the cross, the burial of Christ, the Prophets, and the Virtues. The chapel of the tabernacle construction was began in 1740 by the architect and painter Fernando Recio Chacon de Rojas, but he died in 1745 before its completion. The sculptor Pedro de Mena Gutierrez and the painter Jeronimo Lopez took charge in finishing the chapel in 1772. The outside of the chapel shows a simple design in the form of an octagon as a base. Above the base is a circular structure with seven windows. There is a stunning entrance of encrusted marble and the inside of the chapel is full of light. The cupola is covered with white plaster moldings in a very geometric design. It is filled with forms of flowers, acanthus leaves, and angels. On side panels one can find sculptures of the Evangelists. There are three large paintings by Juan de Dios Hernandez. The tabernacle is made of wood that has been gilded and measures 7 meter high and has a Rococo design. It has a canopy with sculptures by Pedro de Mena, decorated with scenes from the life of Christ. The centerpiece is a statue of the Immaculate Conception. This Baroque chapel, with its tabernacle, is one of the most stunning in Spain. Today the church is a National Monument.
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Date of experience: July 2011
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