Church Santa Ana (Rioja)
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The church of Santa Ana* It is a Christian church with a basilical plan with transept and choir that eventually incorporates a tower with a bell tower.
In the beautiful main facade of the Temple (upper part) there are two artistic stone windows of the purest Renaissance and on the right it has inscriptions with Roman characters. In the front or rear entrance of the Church, next to the patio, there is a large stone door of ashlar masonry and in the middle of the main facade we see the beautiful Front of the Church.
In the lower body: Half-point arch (at the door) surrounded by angels heads with wings that were once polychrome. On the sides we find the figures of the apostles San Pedro and San Pablo.
The average body: It is separated by a straight gola molding, a sculptural group is observed in the niche composed by Santa Ana, the Virgin and the Child Jesus. More outwardly we see S-shaped frets on which naked angels of the characteristics of those indicated in the lower body ride.
It is possible that the group of the niche inspired the sculptor Antonio de Cárraga to carve the sculptural group of our Patron Saint placed in the dressing room of the magnificent main altar.
THE TEMPLEIt was built in three stages:
.- The first phase is the one made between the years 1546 and 1567 which included the Sacristy, today before the sacristy, one of the rooms of greatest artistic merit where later the Tower of the Church was established, the elegant and magnificent presbytery and the two first naves with their four enormous columns or pilasters and the roof of the temple.
.- The second phase corresponds to the construction of the Tower that begins in the aforementioned year 1936 and the interior of the choir nave, which unlike the rest of the temple, built with ashlar stone (carved) was built with masonry, this avoids the need for the use of machines since this material can be worked by hand.
.- The third phase consists of the construction of the last third of the temple.
As a whole it was built with ashlar stone (carved stone), only the interior of the nave of the Choir is of common stone and masonry and corresponds to the construction in its second phase.
Note *It is about the precious church of my place of birth (in which I only lived the first three months of my life). This report was authorized by the parish priest of the Don Félix church in 2007 and dedicated to my parents Gregorio Gómez and Pura Muñoz, who were great devotees of blessed Santa Ana and instilled in us the love and respect for our patron.
-Data extracted from the texts of Agustín Pando 1992, found in the different factory books of the Church. Web composition and photographs Charo Gómez- with my best wishes to disseminate an artistic heritage that, not because it is hidden in the national geography, is less interesting.