Parish Church of El Salvador

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Building work started on this Ionic order church in neoclassical style in the year 1738, on the site of the former hermitage of San Mateo, and it finished in 1808. The convent of la Merced was built next door, and it has been used throughout history for many purposes. At present, it houses the Municipal Arts Centre, which includes the academy of music, the municipal library, art studios, exhibition halls, and the regional Archaeological Museum of the Plana Baixa. The multisocial use of this building means that much of the cultural and social life of the town revolves around it. The extraordinary apse, unfortunately without spatial addition, was an important technical advance in the construction of the period and in its time was designed with great foresight. The Church of El Salvador, declared a National Monument in 1969, was constructed between the XIII and XIV Centuries, in the Gothic style. The church of El Salvador of Burriana is a building that commemorates the first military victory of King Jaume I in the conquest of the Muslim kingdom of Valencia; the building was enlarged with the passing centuries, and thus different Baroque styles can be appreciated in the interior, giving it the appearance it has today. The floor plan of the building consists of a large single nave, with chapels between the buttresses, and a polygonal apse with radiating projections of side chapels without an ambulatory, and a crypt found below. The communion chapel has some fresco painted pendentives by the Valencian artist José Vergara, in which he depicts four allegories, which refer to the salvation of the world, the Deesis, and the mystical union between Christ and faith.

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