Iglesia de San Vicente Martir (Church of Saint Vicente Martir), San Sebastian

Iglesia de San Vicente Martir (Church of Saint Vicente Martir), San Sebastian

The oldest monument in San Sebastian is at the end of Narrica Street. The 16th-century Gothic Church of Saint Vincent, 4th-century deacon and martyr. Built on the site of an earlier temple, it has the inscription on its walls: "He who swears and in his house will not lack evil or sore." The Pieta (Compassion), which represents the Virgin Mary with open arms and the body of Christ she holds on her lap, a sculpture by Jorge Oteiza, adorns the facade.

Construction of Saint Vicente Martir Church began in 1507. The project was directed by master stonemasons Miguel de Santa Celay and Juan de Urrutia. The church has a rectangular floor plan. It has three naves. Following ogival styles, the center nave is taller. The four rose windows are paired equally. The portico is Baroque style.

On the south exterior, there is a sentry box with firing loopholes. There are more loopholes in the sea-facing facade, giving a defensive, fortified look to the structure. Inside, cylindrical pillars with plant decorations adorn the capitals, pointed arches, and ribbed vaults.

The 16th-century Romanesque altarpiece, one of the highlights inside the church, was made by sculptor Ambrosio de Bengoechea in collaboration with Juanes de Iriarte. Two 18th-century works of San Sebastian sculptor Filipe de Arizmendi, "Medallion of Souls" and "Ecce Homo" ("Behold the Man"), are at the back of the church.

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Sight Name: Iglesia de San Vicente Martir (Church of Saint Vicente Martir)
Sight Location: San Sebastian, Spain (See walking tours in San Sebastian)
Sight Type: Religious
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