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Ronda Churches

Church of Virgen de la Paz

It houses the image of the Virgen de la Paz (Virgin of Peace), the patron saint of Ronda, as well as a sculpture known as El Cristo de la Sangre which dates from the XVIII Century, which is a mayor work of art of its kind in the City of Ronda.

Church of Espiritu Santo

This temple built in the XV century, and shows a Gothic- Renaissance influence, was commissioned by the Catholic Kings after recapturing the city. Its layout consist in a single nave covered with a starred vault and transept. Seen from outside it resembles a fortress as it was formerly a stronghold of the city’s ramparts.

Church of Convent of la Merced

This work dates from the XVI century and may be ascribed to a Moorish influenced style. It is here that the uncorrupted hand of Saint Teresa de Jesús is preserved.

Shrine of the Virgen de Dolores

The chapel dates from 1734. The columns represent winged human figures with a rope round their necks, so it was possibly here where hangings took place.

Padre Jesus Church

This is one of the oldest churches of Ronda. Built at the close of the 15th Century, under the gothic style, although the belfry has a renaissance influence. It has a side chapel richly ornated with baroque motifs. Next to it, one finds the Fountain of Eight Spouts commissioned by King Philip V.

Church of Santa María la Mayor

It was built on the original site of a Moslem Mosque dating from the 12th century, and remains from the arch of the mihrab are still in place.

Construction works began during the time of the Catholic Kings, and were resumed after the earthquake of 1580. Pedro de Toledo , Royal Chaplain at the time of King Fernando el Católico, consecrated this church under the protection of the Virgin of the Encarnación.

Its interior is a mixture styles, ranging from the Renaissance workmanship of the choir’s masonry must be pointed out, as well as the main altar piece called El Sagrario.

The tower is divided into three sections, each one belonging to a different architectural style, with Moslem, pointed arches and renaissance elements.