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184 Main Collins Street West Victoria 807

The Santiago Church


Address: Plaza de Santiago, s/n



Tradition has it that the church was built during the reign of king  Peter I in the 14th century on part of the site of what had been a mosque, from which parts of the bottom third of the old minaret were retained.

In the 15th century, the second section was added to the tower, and part of the wall was decorated with a beautiful ‘sebka’  (decorative motifs taking their inspiration from the Moorish Almohad period).

The main altarpiece – attributed to Bernardo Simón de Pineda – and the chapel of Jesus of Nazareth also date from this period.

The church has a basilica floor plan divided into three naves, a double bay with triple pointed arches and quadrangular pillars with thick columns that supported the original wooden roof. The Baroque alterations effectively hid the original Mudejar construction with a barrel vault with lunettes in the central nave, and groin vaults in the side naves. These are barrel vaults, i.e. they are made of plaster with a wooden skeleton and have no wall-bearing, support  function.

In the 18th century the tower was completed with the construction of the belfry and it was at this time that the church underwent a period of constant renovation, some alterations motivated by technical needs, sometimes by cultural needs, others by a mere desire to innovate.

Points of interest

The church has three doorways: the main entrance dates to the 18th century and has  beautiful tiles representing the battle of Clavijo; the doorway of the Gospel nave is made of stone and has evident Renaissance influences; and the doorway of the ogival epistle has four archivolts.

The main altarpiece is attributed to Bernardo Simón de Pineda.

The chapel of Jesus the Nazarene dates from the 15th century.

The floor of the 15th century presbytery is made of bricks and plain tiles decorated with star and rhomboid shapes. In the three apses there are flat Renaissance tiles dating from the 16th century.

In 2008, the church underwent restoration, including the roof, and a metal footbridge was installed so that the coffered ceiling could be seen at close quarters, being a splendid example of the Mudejar style common in the town of Carmona.


The “Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Father Jesus on the Column and Mary Most Holy of Patiencewas established and its first internal rules were passed in 1656.

Nuestro Padre Jesús en la Columna.

1676,  by José Valenzuela.

María Santísima de la Paciencia.

1953, by Francisco Buiza.

It holds  its procession on Holy Thursday.

The moments when the procession leaves from and returns to the Santiago church are worthy of mention due to the difficulty presented when the floats are carried through the small door of the church. In addition, the passage through the local neighbourhood, where the neighbours sing numerous saetas  (traditional Holy Week songs), dedicated to the images on show is worth of note.

The penitents accompanying the float carrying the image of Jesus wear white tunics and capes, with blue hoods and cinctures. This float is carried by 35 costaleros.

The penitents preceding the float with the Virgin wear black tunics and capes, with blue hoods  and  cinctures, and the float is carried by 30 costaleros.

The main insignia is of particular interest, with 18th century embroidery taken from the tunic  of Saint Francis, from the Convent of the Concepción.

Website: http://hermandaddelacolumna.es

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