The Basilica Church of the Assomption of Villanueva de la Jara, part II !!

Once again, found several pictures in my vault not in my blog as yet, This is a must to be here as it brings lots of memories to my family and as this blog is my life’s history will indulge more into ti with this addtional post 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 again back in time to my lovely Province of Cuenca in theAutonomous 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 indeed. The town is well connected as it passes through the road  N-320 that goes from Cuenca to Albacete, I will deal again with the town of Villanueva de la Jara, and its main Basilica Church of the Assomption or Iglesia Basilica de la Asuncion. This is the main thing you should take a detour and visit this town ,and the church is located in Calle Jesùs Casanova s/n.


The Basilica Church of Our Lady of the Assumption of Villanueva de la Jara is a late Gothic temple built on a castle owned by the Marqués de Villena from the 16C. The church is one of the most beautiful examples of religious architecture in the province of Cuenca. The church is located on a castle ,and there is a legend that says that the altar is occupying the place that was previously occupied by an Arab Mosque, The church is of ample proportions, with a single nave, divided into four sections occupied by seven side chapels, a presbytery with a polygonal apse, a sacristy and a chapter house.


There are five most important chapels in the church, and they are : the Capilla Mayor or Main Chapel, located in the apse or head, where a Baroque altarpiece is installed between 1693 and 1697, The Main Chapel took 15 years to build it. It is carved in wood with very high gold leaf and braised, it has the same dimensions as the vault and the central nave of Baroque style, In the center was located an image of more than 2 meters of the Virgin of the Assumption that gave its name to the Basilica Church, On both sides the images of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, carvings of 2 meters. Eight Churrigueresque columns support the chapel and another 4 Solomonic columns whose base is formed by 4 angels as corbels that rise to the upper cornice where the top of the altarpiece begins, which is a quarter-sphere shell that ends in the same vault.

Villanueva de la jara

Villanueva de la jara

The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception with its transitional altarpiece from Flemish Gothic to Renaissance. One of the 7 privileged altars by the Bull of Pius IX in the year 1871. It is presided over by the image of La Inmaculada; to the left of it are Saint Leo the Great, with a tiara for being Pope, and Saint Augustine, bishop with his miter; below Saint Martin of Tours, giving his cape to the poor; and to the right Saint Jerome, translator of the Bible into Latin, and Saint Gregory of Nazianzus.

Villanueva de la jara

 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; This is a deep chapel that is the best exponent of the devotion to the Rosary lived by the inhabitants of Villanueva throughout the 18C. Although worship and prayer began many years before, the Chapel was finished in 1722 and was structured in the following spaces: A Sacristy, an ante-chapel covered with a groin vault; a central section in the form of a transept, closed by a spectacular dome filled in the form of a transept, closed by a spectacular dome filled with plant plasterwork and the presbytery or main altar area, occupied by the altarpiece of the Virgen del Rosario, and also vaulted.

Villanueva de la jara

The Chapel of the Virgen del Pilar ,the altarpiece dates from 1569 It is of Gothic and Plateresque Art, It is presided over by the image of the Virgen del Pilar. Above this image is the painting titled “The Descent of the Lord”; below is Saint Francis in his transfiguration; on the left side “The Praying Virgin”, San Pedro and San Lorenzo, Santa Bárbara and Santa Lucía; and on the right side the Angel of the Annunciation, San Lorenzo.

Villanueva de la jara

And finally, the Chapel of Cristo de la Llaga or the sore of Christ  with a starry vault; the meaning is obvious.

Villanueva de la jara

The Sacristy is rectangular in shape. The Chapterhouse with rococo ornamentation has a neoclassical baptismal font, The daring and original vault about 30 meters high and about 45 meters long, not counting, of course, the side chapels. The tower is 65 meters high, The heavy and profusely carved pulpits were attached to the two side columns, to the plateresque ones, and the ornaments and sculptures of the apostles were bathed in rich gold and fine paint in red and blue. Of this there is only a pulpit that is not completely complete.

The town of Villanueva de la Jara on its history:

The province of Cuenca tourist board on the church

The Castilla la Mancha region tourist board on the church

There you go folks, another dandy on the roads of Don Quijote in my dear Spain, traditions to hold on to for life. Again, hope you enjoy this additional post on the Iglesia Parroquial de la Asuncion in Villanueva de la Jara as I,

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

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