Parish Church of the Assomption in Villanueva de la Jara !

For some reason, perhaps so much beauty to write about, I have written about this town and its monuments and left out the main one me think!! So let’s take you back into the countryside of my beloved Spain. Yes ,I know most go to the big cities and ventures into the popular places, but Spain is everything under the Sun! I like to take you a bit back in time to my lovely Cuenca province in the Autonomous Comunity of Castilla La Mancha. We had great memories of it while with my dear late wife Martine and the boys. Many strong souvenirs that will not fade away with time, I promise. The town is well connected as it passes through the town the N-320 that goes from Cuenca to Albacete, Let me tell you a bit more on the wonderful nice country town of Villanueva de la Jara, and its main church, Parrish Church of the Assomption or Iglesia Parroquial de la Asuncion, also a basilica. And my family in below picture!

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This is the main thing you should take a detour and visit this town is the Parish Church or Basilica of the Assomption. Let me give you my side of the story from brochures taken on site, The Church or Iglesia Parroquial de la Asuncion holds the title of Basilica . In town it is at Calle Jesùs Casanova s/n.

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This Church was built with the stones of the old arab castle in the 15C.  Built in ashlar stone, it has a polygonal apse and high-rise buttresses. The high Altar has a beautiful retable on three bodies of golden wood.  Its tower frames a chapel that is said to be the primitive one of the castle of the Marquis of Villena, on whose building the church was built, You see next to it, three slabs with circular towers all that is left of the castle of Villanueva (Marquis of Villena).

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The original portal consists of two lowered arches with vegetal decoration under a large circular window, like a Gothic rose window, framed by a wide blind semi-circular arch whose voussoirs are decorated with circular geometric and floral motifs. On the mullion a small sculpture can be seen of the Virgin and Child in a niche.  The access main portal consists of a Renaissance-style arch framed like a triumphal arch and a covered atrium that leads to the garden, the perimeter of which follows the layout of the old medieval wall. The other portal, also Renaissance, it has a semicircular arch, with niches on both sides of the door created by two pairs of pilasters behind Ionic columns on high rectangular podiums and topped by an entablature with a running cornice on which decorative motifs can be observed. Typical of the time of the Catholic Monarchs such as balls and diamond points.

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The bell tower, 65 meters high, obeys Renaissance canons; quadrangular in shape, at the end of the 17C, it was finished off with a baroque style hood with conical finishes and three series of semicircular arches that decrease in size as the finish rises. The church is of ample proportions, with a single nave, divided into four sections occupied by seven side chapels, a presbytery in a polygonal apse, a sacristy and a chapter house. The vaults of the central nave are starry Gothic. The openings that communicate with the side chapels are framed by pilasters on which semicircular arches rest.

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Five are the most important chapels of the temple: the Main Chapel, located in the apse or head, where a baroque altarpiece is installed, made between the years 1,693 and 1,697; the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception with its transitional altarpiece from Gothic to Renaissance; the Chapel of Cristo de la Llaga with a starry vault; the Chapel of the Virgen del Rosario, with its baroque altarpiece, made at the end of the 17C, with a Greek cross plan and covered by a half-orange dome on pendentives full of plant and animal motifs in white plaster; finally, the Chapel of the Virgen del Pilar with a 16C altarpiece.

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Among the works of art that preserves, highlights, in the first chapel of the Epistle, the altarpiece of Saint Martin, outstanding sample of Spanish-Flemish painting. The chapter house features a neoclassical baptismal font.

The province of Cuenca tourist board on the church: https://www.descubrecuenca.com/es/enclaves-y-poblaciones/la-manchuela/basilica-de-nuestra-senora-de-la-asuncion-villanueva-de-la-jara-52

The city of Villanueva de la Jara on tourist info : http://www.villanuevadelajara.es/turismo.html

The Castilla la Mancha region tourist board on the church : http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/iglesia-basilical-nuestra-senora-de-la-asuncion-69064/

There you go folks, another dandy on the roads of Don Quijote in my dream beloved Spain, traditions to hold on to for life. Hope you enjoy the post on the Iglesia Parroquial de la Asuncion in Villanueva de la Jara !

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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