Church of Santa María la Mayor
Church and Historic Building in Ronda
The Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mayor or St Mary Major Church is a Church in Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, Ronda, Spain. The church was built in the 16th and 18th century on the remains of an ancient mosque. Legend has it that this itself was built on top of an earlier Roman temple.
The church is a myriad of styles inside the entrance is an arch covered with Arabic inscriptions that was part of the mosque’s mihrab – the prayer niche indicating the direction of Mecca; its three naves are from the late Gothic; the chapel is of Renaissance style, while several other features are Baroque. A huge central cedar choir stall divides the church into two sections, one for aristocrats at the front all the other people at the back.
The church has been declared a national monument, and its interior is a riot of decorative styles and ornamentation.
Other names of Church of Santa María la Mayor
The Church of Santa María la Mayor has the following names: Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mayor, St Mary Major Church.
Visiting Church of Santa María la Mayor
Monday to Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 12.30 pm and 2 pm – 8 pm