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Former synagogue-Church of Santa María la Blanca

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Former synagogue-Church of Santa María la Blanca


Basic Information

Location Sevilla, Spain
Country Spain
City Sevilla
Address Sevilla, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 37.3864,-5.9875


Built in the 13th century as a synagogue, it was transformed into a Christian temple in 1391 after the slaughters in the Jewish quarter of Seville. King Alfonso X in 1252, after the taking of Seville by his father, granted a synagogue for their use to the Jews inhabiting the San Bartolomé and Santa Cruz area. And so it continued until 1391 when it was converted into a Christian church. The name and dedication of Santa María de las Nieves was imposed on it by the cathedral´s chapterhouse.

The side gateway, which can be accessed from Archeros street, conserves two Roman shafts crowned by several Visgoth chapters which correspond to the old synagogue.

The current church of Santa María la Blanca was built in 1662 in Baroque style and it has a structure divided into three naves which, in turn, is split into red marble columns. The vaults are decorated in plasterwork and attributed to the Borja brothers. Murillo was probably involved in the church decoration Works and it was he who painted the midpoints, plundered by Marshal Soult during the French invasion, subsequently being replaced with copies

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