Convent of Purisima Concepcion

The church was founded by the cardinal Pascual de Aragón, also being his burial place. Complying with the precepts of Counterreformation Architecture in the XVII Century, it has a stone facade-altarpiece, finished with a triangular front and a central round window.

The building is made of brick, recently repainted. In the vaulted niche there is an image of the Virgin Mary, attributed to the Madrid sculptor Manuel Pereira. The rectangular base with only one nave is also characteristic of the age, which is very sombre but carried out using fine materials covered by a semicircular vault with lunettes.

On the main altarpiece there is work by the brass worker Fanelli. The paintings are by Francisco Rizzi. The large lateral canvases are actually cupboards that contain numerous relics. Located close to other convents, this is the last foundation of this type in the city. Its architect, Bartolomé Zumbigo y Salcedo, became a master of works in the cathedral.

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