In another failed effort to gain access to the Parque Nacional de Donana, I misdirected us onto a two-hour plus route to the far entrance of the preserve. Rather than make the long drive around the park to the entrance at Almonte, we branched off toward Lebrija. The guidebook announced a promising church, so we got the tower in our sights and started off.
We passed through this pretty plaza not far from the Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Oliva.
Sighting the tower–it was restored in 1999.
The altar—and a large fresco.
The doorway in the courtyard—-and the Mudejar (Moorish) tiling, surely the oldest part of the church that used to be a mosque.
More beautiful tile work.
We went on up the hill to the ruins of the medieval castle.
And then to the church on the very top, honoring the patron saint of Lebrija.
This ceiling vault was my favorite part. The work must date back to the original Moorish building.