Granada, Spain

Santa Ana, Granada, Spain

Like much of Granada, the majority of the work here dates to immediately following the Reconquista. A mosque stood here, in the shadow the Alhambra, until 1537 when it was partially re-used in the designs of Diego of Siloam for the current church.

The tower of Santa Ana is formed partly of the minaret from that original mosque. The remainder of the church was built afresh in the early 16th Century. The main entrance was added in 1542 and the last work was undertaken around 1547.

It is said that Mariana Pineda, the favourite heroine of Granada who is the title character in a Lorca play, was married in this church. She became a libertarian and a search of her house in 1831 led to her being executed by Fernando VII for treason by being garrotted.

The church is the focal point for the Plaza Nueva which is the main square of this part of Granada.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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