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Iglesia de San Andrés (La Alcudia)

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The Parish Church of San Andrés Apóstol is one of the best and most representative examples of Valencian Baroque classicism from the last third of the 18th century, harmoniously combining classicism in the floor plan and elevations, baroque in the decorative details of the interior and a façade that was a precursor of the enlightened neoclassicism of the end of the century.

It is an important construction with a perfect rectangular floor plan measuring 50 x 25 metres, with the keystone of the dome reaching a height of 33 metres and its slender bell tower of 55 metres.

Its construction had two well-defined phases. The first began in 1746 under the direction of José Vilar de Miralles, and was continued by Pedro Ximenez after his death in 1751 until 1758, and finished by Juan Bautista La Piedra in 1767. It was built for reasons of economy, from the presbytery to the two sections next to the transept. The second phase began in 1769 and was carried out by Antonio Gilabert, director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Valencia, who built the last two bays in which he respected the interior design, but not the belfry and the façade, where he introduced neoclassical postulates. It was completed in 1783, although work on the façade continued until the following century, but was not completely finished, as the niches were left empty and the capitals were not carved.

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