Encarnación Church

Its title is due to the veneration felt by the Catholic Monarchs for the Mystery of the Incarnation. Probably built upon the main mosque of Marbella. Its new formation or new build was begun in XVI C. 

The majority of mosques were replaced during the XVI century with new churches. It draws attention due to its large size, which enables one to image the effort undertaken by its builders during the XVII century to complete the construction.

The structure of the building is that of a basilica plan, with three naves, one central and two laterals. The main one extends beneath a barrel vault with lunettes. The apse is semicircular with Corinthian columns, and semi-domed roof.

We can see a headstone with heraldic coat of arms attached to the lateral façade facing the square: “CORDUBA QUEM GENUIT MALACAE DAT AETHERE PRAESUL CONSTRUXIT SUPOR HOC LUDOVICUS OPUS ANNO MDCXVIII” (Córdoba who engendered him gives him to Málaga, the Archbishop Ludovico built this tower in this place, in the year 1618.) This plaque has served to date the construction of the temple.

From the exterior, the door of the Sun, or main door, carved from ochre stone in the Rococo style, is a work from the XVIII century. The door leading to the Church Square is simpler, trabeated, with dust guard under a blind arch.

Of note in the interior is the Sol Mayor Organ, from 1975. It is considered to be the most important organ built in Spain in the last century.

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Plaza de la Iglesia, Marbella
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