Church of the Immaculate Conception (Tangier)

The Church of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Spanish Church or La Purísima,[1] is a Roman Catholic church built in 1880-1881 in Tangier, Morocco.

Church of the Immaculate Conception
The church viewed from rue Es-Siaghine
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
LocationTangier, Morocco
Geographic coordinates35°47′07″N 5°48′41″W / 35.78528°N 5.81137°W / 35.78528; -5.81137
Architect(s)Manuel Aníbal Álvarez Amoroso

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The church is located on Rue Es-Siaghine, just west of the Petit Socco square at the center of the Tangier medina. It stands on the former ground of the Swedish legation,[2]: 768  which had been established there in 1788.[3] It was designed by architect Manuel Aníbal Álvarez Amoroso [es] on the initiative of Spanish Franciscan father José María Lerchundi [es].[4]: 79  Construction started in October 1880, with funding from the Spanish government and the Obra Pía.[5]: 208  It was complemented in 1892-93 by the edification of a clock tower, originally topped with a spire and later changed to the present-day cupola.[2]: 769  The church initially served the whole city's Catholic community, including European diplomats.

More recently, the property has been used by the Missionaries of Charity who in 1996 altered its interior, partitioning the former church nave into two floors.[2]: 770 

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References edit

  1. ^ "Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción - Tangier, Morocco". Archnet.
  2. ^ a b c Alberto Darias Príncipe (2014), "La arquitectura al servicio del poder: la Catedral de Tánger como catarsis de las frustraciones coloniales españolas" (PDF), Anuario de Estudios Atlánticos, 60: 765–816
  3. ^ "Spanish Church". Balado Découverte.
  4. ^ Mónica López Soler (2013), Les couleurs de la memoire : Routes d´architecture pour voyageurs émotifs, City of Málaga
  5. ^ Antonio Bravo-Nieto (1998), "Formas y modelos de la arquitectura religiosa española en Marruecos", Boletín de Arte nº 19

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