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Church of the Assumption of Navalcarnero

The church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Navalcarnero is the most emblematic monument in the town, with its characteristic towers that can be seen from almost any point in the municipality. This temple is the result of the fusion of two churches in the transept, preserving the first Gothic arches and the Mudejar bell tower. The construction of the second church began in 1580 due to the demographic increase, although it was left unfinished due to economic problems. Later, in 1789-90, the side naves and the nave at the foot of the church were enlarged, superimposing different architectural styles in its current structure. The interior is Baroque, with a large collection of altarpieces from the XVII and XVIII centuries, among which the main altar dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and the sculptures of St. Peter and St. Paul on the sides stand out.

The history of the church is closely linked to important historical events, such as the wedding between Felipe IV and Mariana of Austria on October 7, 1649, celebrated in the Oratory of the Casa de la Cadena de Navalcarnero, which earned the municipality the title of “Royal Villa”. The queen’s mother, Mariana, remembered with affection this town and its serene church, which harmoniously integrates elements from different periods and styles, the result of a long construction process. Work on the church began in the early 16th century in a late Gothic style influenced by the Italian Renaissance, resulting in a basilica plan with three naves and a Mudejar-inspired tower. The 16th century extension added a transept, presbytery and sacristy, reflecting the austerity of the Herrerian style of the time of Philip II. In the 17th century, the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception and an altarpiece behind the main altar were added, enriching the ornamental heritage of the temple.



  • Address
    Gta. Veracruz, 1, Navalcarnero, Madrid
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    Baroque altarpieces

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