Churches – Religious Buildings in Cadiz
The province of Cadiz has an important diversity of religious buildings of great artistic value and with a lot of history. The wide history and the amount of people that have passed through here, makes our region offer a great variety of churches.
From small chapels, to the hermitages to celebrate the famous and decorated pilgrimages, ancient monasteries, cloisters and convents, churches, basilicas and even great cathedrals like those of Jerez de la Frontera or Cadiz capital city.
Their styles of construction are varied and we can find jewels of the romanesque, gothic like the Cartuja in Jerez, considered the building with most architectural value of all the province of Cadiz. There are also baroque churches that sometimes present features of other religions, since some settled where previously there were synagogues or mosques.
Each and every one of them hold small treasures to discover such as carved images, paintings, goldsmiths.
Do not forget to visit the fantastic and beautiful cathedrals of our province, such as the ones in Jerez de la Frontera, built on an old mosque and the ones in Cadiz that blend Italian baroque styles with the Spanish architectural tradition.
If you are interested in the history of how the first liberal constitution of Spain was forged, we recommend visiting the San Fernando Major Church, where the Deputies swore the Cortes in 1810, passing by the San Felipe Oratory Neri, in Cadiz capital, which was where the different sessions of the deputies took place. And finally visit the Church of Carmen, which was where the first constitution of Spain came to light on March 19.
“Destino Cádiz” provides you with information about the main churches and religious buildings of each town in our province.
Ermita del Calvario, UbriqueUbrique
The chapel was founded by Fray Buenaventura. It is small and simple, but it shines high above Ubrique. It is easily accessible, even if you have climb up hundred steps, you will be compensated with a beautiful view.
Iglesia Santa María del ValleAlcala del Valle
It is a baroque building dedicated to the patron saint of Alcalá del Valle built between the 17th and 18th centuries.
Ermita de El CalvarioBenaocaz
It is a religious building in the popular style .Its date of construction dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. Emphasized is its simplicity, a single white nave with a Bell Tower, and the visual effect that makes its location look atop of a peak.
Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Carmen, San FernandoSan Fernando
It’s the oldest temple that has reached our days left in San Fernando and it is dedicated to the patron saint of the city. Here the municipality was awarded its current title of City in the year 1813.
Iglesia de San FranciscoAlcalá de los Gazules
It is popularly known as the Victoria Church. It was part of the Convent founded by Minim friars following its establishment in Alcalá de los Gazules in the 17th century.
En su interior destaca la imagen de Jesús Nazareno, obra de José de Montes de Oca.
Santuario de la Virgen de ReglaChipiona
The present temple was built in the early 20th century, after the demolition of the old church. In the Neo-Gothic style, it opened two years after starting the works and three later they ended the construction of the main tower.
Iglesia de San José, CádizCádiz
The Church of San José was built as a parish church in the area outside the city walls in the late 18th century. It is the work of Torcuato Benjumeda and has a Latin cross plan. Outside there is a statue of San Jose made out of marble, contemporary to the church and on both sides of the facade bell towers are located.
Iglesia de San Agustín – CadizCadiz
It was built in the first half of the 17th century. It houses the sculpture of the Cristo de la Buena Muerte, a polychrome carved wood figure of the crucified Christ made in 1649 and is considered one of the masterpieces of Spanish sculpture works of the seventeenth century.
Iglesia de CapuchinosCádiz
This temple was part of the convent that the order kept open in the city since 1639 until its demolition in the mid-20th century. The building had an important group of paintings, which can be seen in the Museum of Cádiz.
Iglesia San José, El GastorEl Gastor
Temple of neoclassical structure built in the mid-18th century. It had to be rebuilt after being looted during the Civil War. Before that episode valuable paintings were housed inside.
Iglesia Nuestra Señora del SocorroBenalup-Casas Viejas
It’s an Eclectic style church, which was been given a deliberate Medieval, Romanesque and a Mudejar look, with canted arches and bricks. Curiously, the funds raised for its construction came from the sale of materials recovered from the Hermitage and from donations from neighbors.
Iglesia de Santa María, CádizCadiz
The Church of Santa Maria is part of the Franciscan order, first convent to be erected in the city. In 1527, it was rebuilt after the Anglo-Dutch assault in 1596.
Catedral de JerezJerez de la Frontera
It is a beautiful temple from the 17th century built on the primitive Mosque of the city and the ancient Church of El Salvador.
Hospital de Mujeres y Capilla de Nuestra Señora del CarmenCadiz
The Mujeres Hospital and Chapel of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, from the 18th century, has an interesting collection of works of art, emphasizing on how the canvas Vision of San Francisco with fellow back, dated around 1601, the work of El Greco.
Iglesia de San Juan, GrazalemaGrazalema
It is a temple from the 18th century built on an ancient mosque which has preserved some elements. Most notable is its tower, divided into several sections and a Moorish arch at the lower part. It currently hosts a Youth Cultural Center.
Iglesia de la EncarnaciónGrazalema
It was built after the Reconquest of the village at the end of the 15th century. Built on a former Mudejar temple, the shaft of the minaret was transformed into a bell tower and has elements of monastic architecture.
Oratorio de San Felipe Neri-Centro de Interpretación de la Constitución de 1812Cadiz
This temple in addition to its artistic interest, has a special historical significance for being the headquarters of the Courts that elaborated the first Spanish Constitution in 1812. The building beside is the Interpretation of the Constitution of 1812 Center.
Iglesia Santo Domingo de GuzmanBornos
It is the most important religious monument of Bornos. There is not an accurate record of when exactly it was built, although it is believed that it must have been around the late 15th or the early 16th century.
Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la O, ChipionaChipiona
It is a beautiful temple in the Gothic style built in the 16th century. It is believed that it was formerly an Arabic mosque and that under it lays the remains of these. The current appearance of the Church is the result of reforms that took place at the end of the 18th century.
Iglesia de San Miguel, Jerez de la FronteraJerez de la Frontera
It is a beautiful temple built during the 15th to the 18th centuries, which contains elements of three architectural styles of each era, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
Iglesia Mayor PrioralEl Puerto de Santa María
This Church is built on the high part of the city, its existence being documented since 1486, coinciding with the peak stage of promoting the Dukes of Medinaceli in the villa.
Iglesia de San AntonioCadiz
This Church built on a hermitage was inaugurated in the 17thcentury. It has undergone several reforms, the most important during the 19th century.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la PalmaAlgeciras
It began its construction in 1720, because the Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Europa was too small to accommodate the increasing population of the city.
Iglesia Nuestra Señora del CarmenPrado del Rey
It is a late 18th century Neoclassical temple. We can highlight its curious domed structure and some very valuable pieces that lay inside.
Ermita Santuario de Nuestra Señora de los SantosAlcalá de los Gazules
Esta ermita es una casa de oración que se ha convertido en el hogar de todos los habitantes de Alcalá de los Gazules. El actual santuario es del siglo XVII, aunque su origen se sitúa tres siglos antes.
Iglesia de Santa Maria, EsperaEspera
It is a beautiful Renaissance-style temple and is a magnificent example of Andalusian architecture from the second half of the 16th century. It is dedicated to the worship of Santa María de Gracia and standing out in the inside are some impressive paintings at the main altar by Pablo Legote.
Capilla de Nuestra Señora de las Angustias (Caminito)Cádiz
The Little Chapel of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias was built on the initiative of the Capuchino Fray Pablo de Cádiz in the early 18th century, as the seat of the spiritual group Virgen del Camino, from where its popular name Capilla del Caminito comes from.
Iglesia de Santo DomingoSanlucar de Barrameda
It is mixture of Renaissance and Mannerist styles; it belonged to the former convent of the same name. Inside noteworthy are the main altarpiece, a Baroque work of the 18th century, and paintings such as the Christ of Miracles by Miguel Adam and the Descent from the Cross by the Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens.
Iglesia del Carmen, CádizCadiz
Temple of great artistic and historical importance as the place where on March 19, 1812 the solemn Te Deum was held in thanksgiving for the completion of the Constitution of Cadiz, which was proclaimed the same day.
Iglesia Mayor de San Pedro y San PabloSan Fernando
Temple in Neoclassical style and built in the late 18th century. It is home to San José, patron saint of the city and here took place the oath which was made by the members of the general and extraordinary courts on September 24, 1810.
Iglesia de San Francisco, San FernandoSan Fernando
Temple built in the 19th century by the Navy. It has a sober façade; its interior features a series of paintings by Salvador Maella, court painter and director of the Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando.
Iglesia de San MiguelArcos de la Frontera
This Church was transformed into a Hermitage in the mid-15th century. Before that it had been an Arab fortress. And it is currently used today as a showroom and a conference hall.
Iglesia Santa Maria de la MesaZahara de la Sierra
Beautiful temple from the 17th century, built over an ancient hermitage. It has one of the richest museums in the province in the art of jewelery and embroidery with examples of the Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque and Neoclassical styles.
Iglesia San TelmoChiclana de la Frontera
This temple in the neoclassical style was built at the end of the 18th century on top of an old hermitage. In it is venerated the image of the patron saint of the city.
Iglesia de la PastoraCadiz
The Church de la Pastora was built to host the archconfraternity of the same name. It has a Greek cross plan and on the facade you can see a marble statue of the Divina Pastora.
Iglesia de la Conversión de San PabloCadiz
This little Church was part of a charity house founded in 1680 by Bishop Juan de la Isla.
Its present appearance was designed a century later by Torcuato Benjumeda in the year 1787.
Iglesia Parroquial Divino SalvadorVejer de la Frontera
It is the most important temple in Vejer de la Frontera. Built on ancient Moorish mosque it consists of two clearly differentiated parts corresponding to the two stages of its construction: the Gothic-Mudejar apse of the 14th century and an extension built in the late Gothic style during the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
Oratorio de la Santa CuevaCadiz
It is one of the treasures to discover in Cadiz. It belonged to the Congregation of Spiritual Retreat, founded in the city in the 18th century and which had among its members some of the most prominent figures of the Cadiz society at the time.
Convento de las MercedariasArcos de la Frontera
It is founded for this very purpose in the mid-17th century thanks to the contributions of Ms. Beatriz de la Calle. Inside, highlights the Chapel and its Baroque altar and statues of Nuestra Sra. De la Merced, San Jose and the child Jesús de la Roldana.
Convento de Caños SantosAlcala del Valle
It’s situated near the place where, according to popular belief, the Virgin appeared resulting in it its current name. It was built in the 16th century.
Santuario Nuestra Señora de las MontañasVillamartín
It is Marian pilgrimage center of the entire region of which Villamartin forms part. Its origin is closely related to the wine growers in this area and a popular pilgrimage is held on September the 8th.
Iglesia de San Roque, RotaRota
The origin of this temple is located in a small chapel on the outskirts of the town of Rota.
Iglesia San Francisco, VillamartínVillamartín
Temple from the 16th century dedicated to Vera Cruz. Inside we find carvings of great interest such as the Cristo de Vera Cruz, part of the neoclassical Altar donated by Fernando VII.
La CartujaJerez de la Frontera
It is possibly the religious monument with the highest artistic value of the province. Its architectural style is in the late Gothic style and dates back to the 15th century.
Iglesia Mayor Parroquial de San JorgeAlcalá de los Gazules
This Church was built on a Muslim mosque. The present church has a Latin cross plan and was built during the 16th and 18th centuries. It has pieces of great value.
Iglesia y convento de Jesús NazarenoChiclana de la Frontera
It is considered the most important Baroque work in Chiclana. It was built in the 17th century, thanks to the contributions of benefactors and thanks to the business trade with America.
Catedral de CádizCádiz
This temple designed by Vicente de Acero, is a spectacular architectural work of art and is very original managing to combine the traditional Spanish architecture with baroque forms from Italy.
Iglesia de San SebastiánChiclana de la Frontera
This Church was built between the late 16th and early 17th century. Being a period of epidemics, it was dedicated to this saint, popularly regarded as the protector against them.
Ermita de PalomaresTrebujena
Inside the main altar that has a retable from the mid-18th century stands out and which houses a 15th-century carving of Nuestra Señora de Palomares, patron saint of the town.
Iglesia de la MercedCadiz
This temple was part of the Convent of the barefoot mercedarian order, founded in the 17th century at the behest of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, who were protectors of the order.
Parroquia del Santo Ángel CustodioCadiz
This temple is the result of the remodeling during several centuries of a primitive hermitage from the 17th century. Reconverted first into a Chapel and then during the 19th century it was transformed into a hall church.
Convento de Santo DomingoCadiz
The construction of the present monastery complex started in 1645, with the financial support of the Basque merchant Domingo de Munárriz. The convent buildings are centered around a Baroque cloister, dated around 1660, organized into four “crujias” of three bodies each.
Iglesia de Santiago, CádizCadiz
This Church hosted the College of the Society of Jesus in this city. The building had to be refurbished after the assault and sacking of the city by the Anglo-Dutch.
Ermita de los AngelesGrazalema
It is a small temple from the late 19th century which houses the patron saint of Grazalema. It is located in a beautiful spot on the outskirts of the village. In its interior standing out is an altar with a beautiful statue of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles.
Parroquia de la Purísima ConcepciónTrebujena
It is the most important temple in the city and it has undergone several changes throughout its history. Some place its origins in pre-Arab domination times, although the current plant has its origin in a building from the 17th century from which it still preserves some elements.
Iglesia de la PalmaCadiz
The Church of the Palma is a Baroque style building, dated to the mid-18th century. The origins of this temple are tied to the Capuchin order and public rosaries, promoted by Fray Pablo de Cádiz at the end of the 17th century, from which arose several companies, being the Virgin de la Palma the oldest.
Iglesia del RosarioCadiz
The Church has its origin from a hermitage of the 16th century that was home to the Augustinian nuns. It has been renovated several times and the current style is the work of Torcuato Benjumeda.
Ermita de Santa AnaChiclana de la Frontera
It is one of the most representative buildings in Chiclana, it is visible from the entire region, given its height above the city.
Basílica Menor de Santa MaríaArcos de la Frontera
It is the biggest and the main Church of Arcos de la Frontera. It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries on the remains of the old Arab Mosque and mixes different styles.
Iglesia Vieja, San José del ValleSan Jose del Valle
It was part of the old Convent of the Carmelites. The building, which has undergoing an extensive restoration, has become a Cultural Center.
Iglesia de San Lorenzo MártirCadiz
This Church was built at the beginning of the 18th century. Latin cross plant, it gave the district of la Viña a parish aid.
Convento de la EncarnaciónArcos de la Frontera
It was founded as a convent in the first half of the 16th century being the work of Don Alonso de Baena. It has been used as a chapel, a hospital and a brotherhood. Highlighted are the main portal in the Plateresque style, and other portal beside in the Gothic-florida style.
Convento de la CaridadArcos de la Frontera
It is an admirable architectural complex in the colonial style, built in the late 18th century.
Iglesia de la CaridadRota
This temple is one of the greatest examples of the Baroque style that can be found in Rota.
Santuario de Nuestra Señora de EuropaAlgeciras
It is one of the places you have to visit if you are in Algeciras. Located in the Plaza Alta, this small building houses the statue of Christ Tied to the Column and María Santísima de Las Lágrimas.
Parroquia de San Pedro, BenaocazBenaocaz
It is a Renaissance-style building built on the remains of an ancient mosque and an Arabic minaret, which it uses as a foundation for the Bell Tower.
Iglesia Parroquial de San Juan BautistaChiclana de la Frontera
Este templo es un bello ejemplo del estilo neoclásico. Construido entre 1.773 y 1.814, según proyectos de Torcuato Cayón y Torcuato Benjumeda, ha sido declarado Bien de Interés Cultural.
Capilla de La MisericordiaArcos de la Frontera
It was built by the Marquis of Cádiz in the late 15th century as a shelter for abandoned children and a women’s hospital. Currently it has now been converted into a conference room.
Templo Parroquial Santa Maria de las VirtudesVillamartín
Beautiful Mudejar temple built in the early 16th century, shortly after the founding of Villamartin.
Iglesia de San José, GrazalemaGrazalema
It is a temple from the 17th century and was part of a Carmelite convent. The temple contains some gems like the paintings on the dome of a pupil of the Mater Murillo or the statue of the Immaculate Conception.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora Divina PastoraSan Fernando
It is a temple in the Neoclassical style, built at the end of the 18th century. It highlights the retable of the main altar by Angel Bugatto in the Neoclassical style. On both sides of the altar there are two paintings attributed to Juan de Herrera.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la ORota
The Church, from the 16th century is a temple that combines various styles, from Gothic to the Elizabethan, Plateresque, Baroque and Renaissance.
Capilla de Nuestra Señora del PópuloCádiz
The Real Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Pópulo is built on top of the Arch of the Pópulo, which was the primitive gateway to the sea in the medieval city. It has its origin in the year 1587, when a canvas representing the Virgen del Pópulo was placed on the outside of the opening of the arch by the painter Antonio Franco.
Iglesia de San Juan de DiosCadiz
The Church is located in the heart of the old town, in the square that bears its name and is attached to the building of the Town Hall.
Iglesia San Miguel ArcángelVillaluenga del Rosario
Temple from the 18th century built with a Mudejar and Baroque dome plant. It has very venerated carvings such; the Virgen del Rosario, the Crucificado and a sculpture of the Niño Jesús dated back to the 18th century.
Iglesia Parroquial de Santa María de Guadalupe, AlgarAlgar
It is the most important religious monument of Algar. From the 18th century, its construction is closely linked to the founder of the town, Mr. Domingo López de Carvajal.
Convento del Corpus ChristiBornos
It is one of the most important monuments of Bornos. Created to house nuns, its construction was authorized in 1593 by Pope Clemente VII.
Claustros de Santo DomingoJerez de la Frontera
It is in the Gothic style and is a very large processional Cloister of great artistic value. Both its galleries and its various units are occasionally used for exhibitions of various contents.
Santuario Santisimo Cristo AlmoraimaCastellar de la Frontera
It’s located in the Plaza de Andalucía, known for its modern architecture and for keeping in its interior the venerated statue of the Holy Christ of La Almoraima.
Iglesia de Santa AnaAlgodonales
It is the most important religious monument of Algodonales. Built in the late 18th century, it combines various architectural styles, from Baroque elements on the façade to an interior where the neoclassical style is dominant.
Iglesia de San Agustín – ArcosArcos de la Frontera
This Church was part of the Convent of San Juan Letrán, founded in the first half of the 16th century and occupied at the end of it, by the Augustinian fathers. Of the complex only the church remains, which emphasizes the statue of the Nazarene, which enjoys great popular fervor of all the local people.
Ermita del Santo Cristo de La Vera CruzChiclana de la Frontera
It is the oldest temple in Chiclana and was built in the second half of the 16th century.
Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la InhiestaPaterna de Rivera
In the Mudejar style, this 16th century Church has three naves. Standing out are its three chapels: la del Sagrario, la de los Bautismos and the Virgen de la Soledad.
Iglesia de San PedroArcos de la Frontera
This Church was built in the 14th century on the remains of an ancient Arab fortress. The main facade is Baroque from the 18th century influenced by the Sevillian School.
Ermita de San BlasBenaocaz
This Hermitage was built at the beginning of the 18th century; it is interesting to see how its walls are painted imitating architectural elements, such as altarpieces and niches.
Iglesia Parroquial de Santa María de Guadalupe, El BosqueEl Bosque
This modest church in the Neoclassical style is where the statue of the patron saint of the town, San Antonio de Padua is worshiped.
Iglesia de Santa Cruz (Catedral Vieja)Cadiz
It is the most historic temple in the city. Built on the site of a former Muslim mosque, at the behest of Alfonso X el Sabio, was built as a cathedral in 1263. The original building was Gothic-Mudejar style but has undergone several modifications.
Iglesia del Carmen, RotaRota
This temple from the 18th century was also called “The Cilla House”, because of being the place where the tithe was stored.