After the Cathedral, el Salvador is the largest church in the city.
The church of el Salvador was originally a Visigoth one and later became a mosque. During the Moorish occupation is was the main church until it became too small and they decided to build a new mosque, which would eventually become the modern-day cathedral.
With the reconquest of Sevilla it became Christian. Centuries later it was in ruins and so it was demolished and the present church was built in its place, maintaining only the base of the former minaret and the mosque courtyard filled with orange trees. The low height of the columns that support the arches in the courtyard are striking.
Its interior is an outstanding example of Baroque architecture, which highlights the extraordinary altar and the overwhelming size of sculptures “Jesús de la Pasión” by Martinez Montañés and “Cristo del Amor” by Juan de Mesa, both of which have an almost human-like realism.
Centuries of history and a comforting peace inside the church await you. It is an authentic gem.