The magnificent altarpiece was made by Portuguese-born Cayetano de Acosta between 1771 and 1779.

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El Salvador

The magnificent altarpiece was made by Portuguese-born Cayetano de Acosta between 1771 and 1779.

 

El Salvador El Salvador sits on the site which has been the centre of social life since the city's foundation. One of the sides of the Roman forum - which occupied the surroundings of what today is known as La Alfalfa - was also situated here, and it is believed that there was also a Roman basilica which was transformed into a Christian church in the times of Emperor Teodosio (346-395). In 830, on the remains of the basilica the Muslims built the city's main mosque -Adabbas- which after Seville fell to the Christians in 1248, was consecrated as a Christian church. In 1671, the church's ruinous condition led to it being knocked down to make way for the church of El Salvador. Of the original mosque, only the Patio de los Naranjos and the base of the belfry remain.
El Salvador Leonardo de Figueroa directed the works from 1696 to 1711, after completing his first major building in Seville, the Hospital of Los Venerables. When the main gate of the church is open, one can glimpse the magnificent altarpiece which is even more spectacular when lit at night. One of the best of its kind in Seville, it was made by Portuguese-born Cayetano de Acosta between 1771 and 1779. Other interesting works kept in the church include: The Virgin of Las Aguas, from the 13th century, the magnificent Cristo del Amor, by Juan de Mesa, an image of San Cristóbal - dating from 1597, the first documented work by Montañés in Seville, and Jesús de la Pasión, his master work.

 

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