On top of the hill overlooking Antequera, and beside the Alcazaba, there is the Real Colegiata de Santa Maria Church. The views from the plaza of the church are wonderful. The church itself is a beautiful Renaissance church. It was the first Renaissance church built in Andalusia, finished in 1550. The design is very good and the façade is very impressive, looking like a triumphal arch. The tower on the right side of the façade was built in the 17th century, in a different style. Inside there are three naves that have large Ionic columns between them. The ceilings are Mudejar, with wood that is decorated with stars. The windows use the Florentine style and allow much light to enter the church. The plaza in front of the church has a sculpture of Pedro Espinosa that was created by Manuel Patricio Toro.
The church is now used for cultural events of the city, and the artwork and religious items have been transferred to the Church of San Sebastian.
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