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Church of St John the Baptist

The church of San Juan Bautista, located in Camarena, Toledo, is a magnificent example of Gothic-Mudejar architecture, built at the end of the 15th century. Consecrated in 1692 by Archbishop Luis Fernández Portocarrero, the church stands out for its imposing brick and masonry structure. The tower, located to the left of the choir, has a square plan, with two small ogival windows and two arches on either side of the final body. The western façade presents the main doorway, a pointed arch inscribed in an alfiz between two brick jambs with ashlar bases, surmounted by a triangular Mudejar-style pediment.

The interior of the church, with a basilica floor plan, has three naves supported by semicircular arches on granite columns, built in the 16th century. Several chapels and altarpieces of different styles stand out, such as the main chapel, with a Gothic structure and Renaissance details, covered by a ribbed vault. The main altarpiece, in Gothic style, was made between 1516 and 1517, with twelve panels painted by Juan de Borgoña and sculptures by Diego Copin de Holanda depicting the life of Saint John the Baptist and Jesus. The chapel of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, patron saint of the town, has a Renaissance altarpiece (1652-1660), while the 18th-century Baroque altarpiece of Nuestra Señora del Rosario comes from the former convent of San Francisco de Padua. The church also houses an organ from 1747, restored in 1993, and a baptismal chapel from 1520 with the image of San Juan Bautista, patron saint of the city.


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    Calle Iglesia, 11, Camarena, Toledo
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