Flavours of Spain

Lanjaron - Part 5


Iglesia de la Encarnacion


In the C16th a church was built on the site of the Moorish mosque. This was destroyed during the Moorish rebellion and was replaced by the current building at the start of the C17th. There was a major restoration in the C19th as the church was in a ruinous state and the brick bell tower was built. Entry is through a heavily carved wooden door set in a pale brick surround.

 Iglesia de la Encarnacion, Lanjaron  Iglesia de la Encarnacion, Lanjaron

It is a large church and can seem quite gloomy at first until your eyes adapt to the low light levels. An arcade of sturdy rectangular pillars with tiled bases separate the nave and side aisles. Above the arches are paintings. The back of the church is plain with a small gallery at the west end.

Iglesia de la Encarnacion, Lanjaron

Iglesia de la Encarnacion,
                  Lanjaron

The east end of the church is dominated by the glorious gilded Baroque style reredos which fills the east wall. This was restored in 2007 and looks magnificent. A host box made from local marble sits on the altar.

Iglesia de la Encarnacion, Lanjaron

Iglesia de la Encarnacion,
                  Lanjaron

There are five smaller alters down the sides of each of the side aisles. Some are fairly simple, others are gilt Baroque.

Iglesia de la Encarnacion,
                  Lanjaron  Iglesia de la
                  Encarnacion, Lanjaron

Iglesia de la Encarnacion,
                    Lanjaron  Iglesia de la
                    Encarnacion, Lanjaron

In the south aisle is a glass coffin with the body of Christ, used in the Good Friday celebrations. The writing on the wall above translates as “Why look among the dead. He is not here, he is risen.”

Iglesia de la Encarnacion, Lanjaron

Iglesia de la Encarnacion,
                  Lanjaron

The baptistry is behind a metal grille in the north west corner of the church, beneath the tower.

Iglesia de la Encarnacion, Lanjaron

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