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Iglesia de Santa María Magdalena(Ollería)

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This municipality was originally a farmhouse, according to the Llibre de Repartiment, belonging to the municipality of Xàtiva until the 16th century. It obtained the title of villa in 1583, and was named a royal villa by Felipe II in 1588. The date of its construction is unknown, probably after the war of the Germanías 1516 and before 1566, since in that year it is mentioned in the pastoral visits.

It is a single nave church with polygonal chancel and chapels between buttresses. It has four bays covered with a ribbed vault, while the chancel is covered with a star-shaped vault.

The Communion chapel, on the epistle side, has access from the second bay, and has a dome. This chapel as well as the sacristy and the tabernacle are from a later period, built between the XVII and XVIII centuries, since they have a different construction. The interior underwent an eighteenth century renovation, probably the earthquake of 1748 affected the vault of the church and it was then when reforms were made to the taste of the time. For that reason it presents a series of stuccoes and baroque paintings.

On the outside, the façade and the tower stand out, both topped by a decorative battlement. The cover, as a double triumphal arch presents in the flanks semicolumns between which veneras are arranged. The three architectural orders are combined in the cover, Tuscan in the pilasters, Ionic in the central column between the entrance arches and Corinthian in the lateral columns. In the upper part is the relief of Santa Magdalena recumbent. The cover presents a rich decorative treatment based on masks, putti and harpies.

There is another lateral doorway, called "Els Grisons", of smaller size, which is accessed by a staircase.

The tower is located to the right of the façade and has four sections, the last one being the bell tower.

The masonry is made of masonry with lime mortar and limestone ashlars in the corners and buttresses.

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