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Church of Santa Isabel

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Church of Santa Isabel

Church of Santa Isabel

The Church of Santa Isabel is located at the Plaza del Justicia, 1. The church dates to 1681 and was meant to honor Santa Isabel de Portugal. Isabel was an Infanta of Aragon, daughter of King Pedro III and wife of King Dionisio of Portugal. She was also the mother of Alfonso IV. She was canonized in 1625 and her cult spread quickly in the region.

The monumental façade is exceptional for its beauty and profuse decoration. The style is Churrigueresque and is the only one of its kind in the city. The façade of the church used alabaster in a white color and a dark color, with marble and plaster. The constructors were Jaime Ayer and Francisco Perez. There is a coat of arms of Aragon over the main door. There are statues that honor San Andres Avelino and San Cayetano de Thiene. The towers are profusely decorated. Over the main doorway there is a statue of Santa Isabel, located in a niche. She is shown with roses, which traditionally represented her. The ground plan of the church is the Greek cross. There is one central cupola and four minor cupolas. The ceiling is decorated profusely with gold. The main retable is one of the most beautiful in the city and was created between 1750 and 1760 by Jose Ramirez de Arellano. It is polychromed and used jasper, marble, and stucco painted with gold.

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