Parish church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo, Aniñón

Placeta de la Iglesia. 50313 Aniñón (Zaragoza)

CURRENT PROTECTION STATUS: Asset of Cultural Interest (ACI)


CATEGORY: Religious


CONSTRUCTION DATE: 14th to 16th century, expansion in the 17th and 18th centuries

Original construction, 14th to 16th century: This was originally a Mudejar monument from the 14th century, which underwent extensive remodeling in the 16th century when the church was expanded and the gables and top part of the tower were built.

Expansion, 17th to 18th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries, several Baroque chapels were added: the chapel of the Santísimo Misterio de Aniñón, located along the south wall, opposite the main entrance to the church, and the chapel of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, where the church entrance was originally located, before being moved to the south façade.
The parish church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo is a late Gothic building from the 16th century. The interior consists of a single nave church with four bays and chapels in the buttresses, in addition to a polygonal apse that houses an unpainted wood altarpiece by Gabriel de Joly. The choir is at the west end and the sacristy is arranged next to a volume that affords access to the tower.

The entire interior of the nave is covered by a stellar vault with tiercerons and liernes. It also features interesting Baroque decoration consisting in plasterwork of plant motifs.
The side chapels, like that of the Santísimo Misterio de Aniñón, dating from the 18th century and located on the south wall opposite the main entrance, can be accessed through the nave.<br><br> The west end gable wall was part of a 16th century expansion done in brick, divided into three sections separated vertically by large buttresses and into four levels by means of impost moldings. The decorative elements include strips of angled bricks combined with ceramic pieces. There is a passageway of blind round arches on the gable wall.


20th-21st century

In 1985 and 2005, restoration work was done in several phases, encompassing the entire building.

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The church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo in Aniñón was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest under the Ministry of Culture Decree dated June 5, 1981, which was published the Official State Gazette of August 10, 1981.
The Official Gazette of Aragon (BOA) dated November 30, 2001 published the Department of Culture and Tourism Order of November 9, 2001, whereby the original declaration of the church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo in Aniñón (Zaragoza) is supplemented pursuant to Transitional Provision One of Aragonese Cultural Heritage Act 3/1999, of March 10.


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Parish church of Nuestra Señora del Castillo

Placeta de la Iglesia. 50313
Aniñón (Zaragoza)

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