Flavours of Spain
Cave church of Nuestra Senora de Gracia and the Parish Church
the area was settled in the C16th, one of the caves was used
as a church, dedicated to Our lady of Grace. During
the Spanish Civil War, religion was regarded as the enemy of
the people and the church was disused. The cave church was
restored after the Second World War. The present church was
built in front of it in 1964 as the cave church had become
The modern church is a long low rectangular building in the market square, with a small clock and bell tower.
It is a very simple church. The altar and reredos take up most of the east wall with smaller altars on the side walls.
A passageway leads from the church to the original cave church.
At the far end is the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace. The painting above the altar dates from the C17th.
There are smaller side chapels off the main passageway.
Pedro Poveda was ordained in Guadix cathedral and came to work in the Barrio de las Cuevas for three years at the beginning of the C20th, living in one of the caves next to the church.
The church and cave church are open from 11-2 and 4-6.
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