Saint Francisco Church
It was part of the former convent of the order of San Francisco. Its origins seem to date back to the end of the 16th century, although there are almost no remains left of the old building. The current work is from mid to late 17th century, later remodeled. We know that the monastery and its Church were affected by the «flood» of 1694, which flooded its dependencies. It will be from the middle of the 18th century, when this order reached a greater splendor.
At the beginning of the 19th century, like almost all the temples of the town, this church was affected by the French presence in Cazorla. By these same dates, it seems that the transfer of the picture of the Christ of Consuelo to this Church is decided, by ruin of the Church of Santa María.
The Church is rectangular, with three naves, with a half-barrel vault supported by arch-shaped arches on pillars, on the altar a dome supported by scallops, the flat apse. The original altarpiece was from the end of the 17th century, destroyed during the Civil War and subsequently restored. The current paintings are from the beginning of this century.
It has a rich altarpiece, from the middle of our century, covered with fine sheets of gold, which presents in its central part the canvas of the Christ of the Consuelo, Patron of the city, and on each of its two sides as many paintings by Alfonso Grosso with Passion scenes. The upper body is crowned by three paintings by Juan Miguel Sánchez alluding to the founder of the Order.
Other interior elements worthy of note are its pulpit in walnut and chapels, both the cruise and lateral.
On its facade, built in tufa between horizontal rows of bricks, a thin cover of Renaissance trace crowned by a pediment with the Franciscan shield, gives access to the temple. Next to it, attached to its west side, stands the bell tower.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, the temple has hosted the painting of Cristo del Consuelo, of secular and heartfelt devotion in the city, which until then was venerated in the Church of Santa María, (Primal parish located in the Plaza of the same name or “Old Square ”, In the old part of the city), and to which natural disasters and wars reduced the remains that survive today.
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