The Church of Santa Maria de la Mesa is a beautiful 17th century temple built on an old hermitage in Zahara de la Sierra. The Altarpiece is undoubtedly the star piece of this church. It attracts the eyes of everyone who enters this temple. Here is one of the richest museums in the province in the art of goldsmithing and embroidery.
The Church of Santa Maria de la Mesa is a beautiful 17th century temple. It was built on an old hermitage in Zahara de la Sierra (province of Cádiz).
Outside, the main facade and its baroque pink marble façade stand out. The first time you see it, the simplicity of the side walls of the temple will draw your attention in contrast to the ornamental richness of the façades, both main and lateral. Inside you will be surprised by the sculptures and the Main Altarpiece.
The Main Altarpiece is undoubtedly the star piece of this church. It attracts the eyes of everyone who enters this temple. You will end up feeling overwhelmed by so many elements. According to the baroque mentality, the fact that an element of these characteristics has so many details is in order to attract the believer to their Divinity through the senses. Obnubilated in this way, he/she perceives the message of salvation offered to him/her through the Main Altarpiece.
The church has one of the richest museums in the province in the art of goldsmithing and embroidery. It has examples of Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque and Neoclassical styles.
Whether you are religious or not, you should visit this Church of Santa Maria de la Mesa to learn more about the culture and history of a white town as special as Zahara.
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