Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
This ancient parish church, a remarkable Gothic-Renaissance building with remarkable collections of religious art, paintings and tapestries, is the final resting place of the legendary Princess of Eboli.
C/ Melchor Cano, 1
The museum is accessible only with guided tours, with a minimum of 5 people.
Morning: 10:30, 11:30 (Sundays and holidays at 11:00) and 13:15 h.
Afternoon: 16:00 and 17:30 h. (June, July and August at 17:00 and 18:30 h.)
Tickets Normal (5 €), Children under 12 years (free), Groups of over 25 people (4 €)
Contact phone (+34) 949 370 027 / (+34) 686 694 255
The parish church of the Assumption – more formally known as the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, in recognition of its status between the last half of the 16th century and the 19th century – was built between 1625 and 1639 over a previous Gothic church. Parts of this church were preserved, including the south doorway and the bell tower, and, inside, part of the choir and the entrance to the apse in the Mannerist style of the 17th century.
The layout of the newer church is attributed to the Carmelite architect Fray Alberto de la Madre de Dios. It has three naves with arches and vaults that combine a Gothic crossing with the Renaissance style, side chapels, a triple apse and a vestibule (the Poets’ Vestibule) on the east side. The crypt contains funerary urns in splendid tombs of the Princes of Eboli and Melito.
The Parish Tapestry Museum
The old chapter house contains the Parish Tapestry Museum, with collections, mostly donated by the Mendoza family, of various liturgical ornaments including a 13th-century Gothic crucifix, vestments, monstrances, chalices, tabernacles and reliquaries, as well as pieces wrought in silver, ivory and mother of pearl. It also holds paintings including panels by Juan de Borgoña and canvases attributed to El Greco and Juan Carreño de Miranda, scrolls and sculptures including carvings by Francisco Salzillo.
The Pastrana Tapestries
Outstanding among all these treasures is a set of six Flemish tapestries depicting the African conquests of King Alfonso V of Portugal in 1471. Despite dealing with the same theme, two panels (probably woven in Brussels at the end of the 15th century) are unrelated to the main series, which is made up of four pieces known as the Pastrana Tapestries. This impressive collection was restored by De Wit Royal Manufacturers of Mechelen (Belgium), at the behest of the Carlos de Amberes Foundation, an initiative which earned it the Europa Nostra 2011 award in the conservation category.