Above the ornate center entrance -- between door and steeple -- the warrior/archangel Miguel triumphs over the decapitated head of the devil -- Plateresque decoration from the 17th century.
The European Union is funding the restoration of this elegant façade: the work of a Jerez native architect, Diego Moreno Meléndez who worked on Jerez’s cathedral but is buried here. Original construction took up the last 3 decades of the 17th century so let’s hope the remodeling is faster as we hope to get inside San Miguel’s some day. He was assisted in designing the doorway by the Seville’s master of the Baroque entrance, Leonardo de Figueroa. We’ll see a lot of Figueroa’s work when we share the Seville photos.
Above left: a side door (appears to be earlier -- and
Gothic and includes this statue of the Immaculate
Conception (right) under a Gothic canopy.
The opposite side contains what may be the entrance to the Baroque chapel between Corinthian pillars and elaborate and well-preserved religious statuary...
with a few secular statues including this one (above
left) with grapes -- not a bad icon for this center of
viniculture. At the center of this statue group is
this deep niche (above right) with a statue of the Good
Shepherd complete with lost sheep wrapped around his
San Miguel's three-tier tower starts square and rises into an octagon with its azulejo-tiled roof, common in Andalusia (and very common in Jerez).
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