Churches in Seville: IGLESIA DEL SALVADOR.

Churches of Seville


The Collegiate Church of the Divine Savior, or simply El Salvador, is a religious temple of Roman Catholic worship under the title of Our Lord the Holy Savior. It is located in the Plaza del Salvador in Seville, and is the largest church in the city after the Cathedral.

The main facade of the Plaza del Salvador, is mannerist, divided into three modules separated by double pilasters, which are repeated at the ends. Above the modules, are three doors, being the central one most prominent. Above each module is a circular window.

The church is structured into three naves of almost equal height, designed by Leonardo de Figueroa, the central nave is covered by a vaulted ceiling, while the side have vaults. The crossing is covered by a dome of polygonal drum also designed by Figueroa.

The Church has a total of 14 altarpieces.

Main Altarpiece. Baroque, made by Cayetano de Acosta since 1770 to 1778.Below one finds the presbytery. The altarpiece represents as its main theme the Transfiguration. The main chapel has been covered by a vaulted ceiling decorated with tempera mural painting by Juan de Espinal.

Altarpiece of Christ of the Afflicted. It was built in two phases, the first by José Maestre begins in 1721 and lasts three years, the second of Manuel Barrero and Carmona begins in 1786 and ends the following year, resulting in an altarpiece that combines the neoclassical with late Baroque.

Altarpiece of Cristo del Amor. Located in the front wall of the right side nave. The  beautiful image was sculpted by Juan de Mesa in 1620.

At the right wall

Altarpiece of the Saints Justa and Rufina, Sevillian virgin martyrs, located next to the Baptismal chapel was completed in 1730 by Juan de Dios Moreno. The altarpiece was brought to this temple in 1902, from the Hospital de las Cinco  Llagas (five wounds). Inside the Baptistery is the size of San Cristobal, Juan Martinez Montanes original.

Altarpiece of the Miraculous Virgin. Composition of the twentieth century, constituting a temple that comes from trascoro built in 1781.

Altarpiece of San Cristobal. Between 1732 and 1734, José Maestre makes the assemblage and size of this altarpiece, later in 1757, and was gilded by Francisco Lagraña.

Altarpiece of San Fernando. It was made between 1760 and 1767 by the carver Jose Diaz, although the images of San Fernando, San Hermenegildo and San Luis de France, predate being made by Antonio de Quiros and polychromed by Francisco Meneses Osorio in 1699. carvings of San Diego Alcalá and San Juan Bautista, and are the eighteenth century.

Altarpiece of the Virgen de las Aguas. It is a sumptuous and monumental altarpiece formed between 1722 and 1756 by Eugenio Reciente and Jose Maestre.

Altarpiece of Saints Crispin and Crispian. Assemblage by José Fernando and Francisco Jose de Medinilla; the sculptor was Bartholomew García de Santiago, and was done between 1730 and 1733.

Altarpieces at the left wall

Altarpiece cover of Sacramental Chapel. It is rococo, made by Cayetano de Acosta between 1756 and 1764. Inside this chapel one finds the image of Jesus de la Pasión  sculpted by Juan Martinez Montanes in 1615.

Altarpiece of the Virgen del Rocio. This altarpiece that contains an image of the Immaculate Conception, is attributed to Joseph Maestredata in 1731.

Altarpiece of Santa Ana. It is from the late seventeenth century by an unknown author. The sculpture of Santa Ana instructing the Virgin is attributed to Jose Montes de Oca.

Altarpiece of the Virgen de la Antigua. Author unknown, made between 1750 and 1800.

Altarpiece Christ of Humility and Patience. Neoclassic altarpiece belonging to the Seville school. It is attributed to Antonio Quirós and dates from the late seventeenth century.

TEXT SOURCE: adapted translation of the article found in

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Cristo del Amor photo by Periodista Cofrade in



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