A visit to the Osuna Collegiate Church in the province of Seville

The Osuna Collegiate Church is a must stop on the well-known Caminos de Pasión route, which crosses the Andalusian provinces of Jaén, Córdoba or Sevilla. In fact, of all this route, the Sevillian population of Osuna is one of the great stars.

And it is that this town is not only the spectacular Collegiate Church, one can also marvel at the monastery of the Incarnation and with the treasures that its Archaeological Museum guards. By the way, all this can be visited with the same entry.

The location of the Osuna Collegiate Church

At the top of the town there was a medieval castle, but in the first half of the 16th century the Osuna Collegiate Church was built. It is a site that is next to the aforementioned monastery of La Encarnación and very close to what was the University of Osuna.

It is definitive, that when you visit this Sevillian population there is no possible loss. Any walk through the town must end here!

A renaissance building

Collegiate Church - José Luis Filpo Cabana / Wikimedia Commons

From the outside, the Osuna Collegiate Church is a sober, very sober building. But yes, of clear classical inspiration, something typical of the time of the Renaissance in which it was raised. And also its internal structure is very austere, from a living room floor supported by thick columns.

However, the idea of ​​sobriety and breadth It is complemented by rich ornamentation that treasures the temple and the different works of art distributed by its dependencies.

What to see in the Osuna Collegiate Church?

The walk through the church buildings, its side chapels and the presbytery, with its impressive baroque altarpiece, is the first part of the visit to the Osuna Collegiate Church. But there is more, and it is worth following the guided tour to know the details of the jewels that are stored here.

Museum of Sacred Art

«Christ of the Expiration» by José Ribera - Wikimedia Commons

Many of these jewels are in the prestigious Museum of Sacred Art. A museum that safeguards one of the best baroque art collections in all of Andalusia. It is, therefore, mandatory visit.

For example, there the valuable picture of the Christ of the Expiration that in the 17th century the painter José Ribera, known during his long stay in Italy, as Il Spagnoleto.

But in this museum of the Collegiate of Osuna there are not only pictures. There are also liturgical jewels, as the fine goldsmith of the Chalice of the Bells of the sought-after artist Pedro de Ribadeo.

And besides that, In the sculpture rooms there are several interesting figures not only for believers, but also for art lovers. A good example is the Triumphant child, reminiscent of the most prominent sculptors in seventeenth-century Seville, such as Juan Martínez Montañés and Juan de Mesa.

The tomb of the Dukes of Osuna

Chapel of the Ducal Pantheon - Ducal / Wikimedia Commons

However, another of the highlights of the visit to the Osuna Collegiate Church comes when we approach the ducal pantheon. It is an underground space that It is located precisely under the main altarpiece of the church.

But you should not imagine a narrow and dark place. On the contrary, the place chosen by the Dukes of Osuna to be buried is really attractive. Opened in 1545, there one can admire a magnificent sepulcher. It has a chapel, sacristy, tabernacle and until the exit to a cloister of two heights.

The most interesting would be the sacristy, with its own ornamentation of Plateresque art and its ceiling made of wood and golden tones. Meanwhile, the courtyard with cloister that is accessed from there is a great example of Renaissance art.

In short, that the Osuna Collegiate Church hosts an artistic repertoire like few monuments in the province of Seville. Without forgetting that it is a place of burial of one of the families that have been considered Great of Spain for centuries. In fact, the last tomb of the ducal pantheon dates from 1915.

That is, it is a place whose visit is more than justified. And although you have to pay to enter, It is best to buy the bonus. It will also allow us to access the Archaeological Museum and the neighboring monastery of La Encarnación, which has one of the most interesting sets of tiles that can be seen in the province of Seville.

Main picture: Aapo Haapanen / Wikimedia Commons

Video: The Penitent Saint Peter. Alonso Cano (January 2020).