The church tower can be seen from most parts of the town - it's the pointed one. The rounded tower is the former minaret, now the clock tower, in the Plaza del Reloj - check out my review.
Because it is omnipresent, the tower is considered an emblem of the town. It is also where the Easter Week religious processions all end up, in the early hours, after having carried the statues round the town for 6 or 7 hours. I have included some photos of this taken on various occasions.
The great porch at the front is interesting for the two heads above the doorway. You can see them in my photo. Curiously, they look South American, and the tale is that two Aztec slaves were captured and shipped back to Andalucia, where they carved these Indian faces to remind thenselves of their lost families.
Also outside the church is the statue of Don Manuel, who was the parish priest here for 50 years. He is remembered still with great affection, mainly because he was the instigator of the revolutionary (for its time) "housing estate" built at what was then the outskirts of the town, but is now pretty central. These houses, he insisted, must all have a little garden to grow vegetables and flowers - unheard of in Andalucian towns back then, 50 years ago.
Look on your map - find a couple of the streets where these houses still exist: the Calle Jesus el Nazareno and Calle Cristo Rey. Cute little houses, with tiny gardens and orange trees.
How different from the houses all crammed together in the Centro Historico - and all thanks to Don Manuel!
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