Seville’s second largest church after its main cathedral, the Iglesia del Salvador sits on the site of what was once the largest mosque in the city. There are also hints of the land’s past beyond the Moors, with Roman and Visigoth influences visible. Ruins of the old mosque can still be visited in the church’s Patio de Naranjos (orange tree courtyard,) which is largely still preserved.
Constructed in the late 17th century, the colorful church is a fine example of Baroque architecture and includes the work and designs of many Spanish artists. There is also a small collection of paintings on display behind the largest altarpiece. The altars themselves are works of art, decorated with fine detailing and brilliant colors.
The church is a standing monument to the many occupations of Seville, from the Romans and Visigoths to the Christians and the Moors. It is a cultural and historical highlight included on many walking tours of the city.
The church located in the Plaza del Salvador, is a few blocks away from the shopping streets of Sierpes and Tetuan. The nearest metro station is Plaza Nueva (T1 line.) Admission is 3 €, or is included with the purchase of a ticket to the nearby cathedral (8 €.)