The religious influence in Baza is underlined by the number of churches and convents still standing today. Religion is a fundamental part of the culture and tradition of Baza and there are many churches and buildings of religious origin to be seen;
The Church of Santa Maria de la Encarnación
This Christian building, constructed on the site of a Muslim mosque, was initially used by the church in its constructed mosque form. It has undergone some reconstruction after being partly destroyed by two different earthquakes – one in 1531 and then later again toward the end of the 18 th century. It is now built on three floors in the renaissance style of the 16 th century.
Church & Convent of La Merced
This convent is still home to a Franciscan religious order. It was built at the start of the 16 th century on the site of an Arabic temple. There is a baroque alcove where the image of the Virgen de la Piedad, the patron saint of Baza, is kept.
The Church of San Juan
As with so many Christian temples in this area, this church was built on the site of an Arabic mosque. It has three aisles, the central one being the highest.
Church of Los Dolores
This is Baza’s only church in the pure baroque style. It has three aisles and was built in 1702 and backs onto the bishop’s palace which was built in 1775. There is a wooden rococo niche surrounded by a crypt of great artistic interest.
Church of Santiago
Although there were major structural modifications to this church in the17th century, it is still the best example of a Mudejar church in Baza and indeed in the whole province of Granada. It was built on the site of the mosque of Marzuela at the beginning of the 16 th century and has three aisles. This is a church of great historic and religious importance and well worth visiting.
San Antón Church & Convent
This church, which also forms part of the Franciscan convent, was built on the site of an ancient hermitage founded by the Catholic King and Queen. The building was finished in 1663 and is now under private ownership and is not used by religious orders.
San JerOnimo Church & Monastery
Like the Church of San Antón, this religious temple is presently not inhabited by a religious order. It was built over a long period of time by the Enríquez-Luna family, whose Palace residence required an adjoining chapel of worship for the family and so direct access between the two buildings was included in the construction project.
Santo Domingo Convent
Built in the early 17 th century but modified and destroyed in parts, this building still has a very beautiful cloister area with arches over Tuscan style columns.
The Hermitage of San Marcos
This baroque style hermitage is one of the few of its kind to be left standing after the Christian conquest.