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Bellfry of the San Ginés Church
Cristo caído (1698), designed by Nicola Fumo.

The church of San Ginés, in Madrid, is one of the oldest churches in that city.[1] It is situated on the Calle Arenal. References to it appear in documents dating from the ninth century. Originally built in Mudejar style (of the structure only the campanile survives), it was rebuilt in 1645.



The church of San Ginés is one of the oldest in Madrid, presided by an Atrium enclosed by railings. It was one of the churches of the medieval Madrid, of Mozarab origin, from between the 12th and 13th centuries, and its name comes from the fact that it was dedicated to the patron saint of notaries and secretaries, Saint Genesius of Arles (San Ginés de Arlés).[2].


The church has a Latin cross plan, three naves separated by semicircular arches and several side chapels and the altarpieces belong to the neoclassical-romantic school. It was, however, totally reconstructed after suffering several fires, so few remnants of the original church, such as the majestic bell-tower, remain. In 1870, the loggia and atrium facing the Calle Arenal were added. In the Santísimo Cristo Chapel there are artworks by Alonso Cano, Luca Giordano, and el Greco.


Lope de Vega, the famous dramatist (playwright) and writer, was baptized here, and famous poet, Francisco de Quevedo, was married there. The death certificate of Tomás Luis de Victoria can also be found in its archives. One of the most curious items on display (The church keeps on display) is a stuffed crocodile, which is said to have been brought over from the Americas during the reign of the Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabel.


  1. ^ ARTEHISTORIA - Genios de la Pintura - Ficha Iglesia de San Ginés (Madrid)
  2. ^ MADRID HISTÓRICO - Historia

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Coordinates: 40°25′1.9″N 3°42′24.7″W / 40.417194°N 3.706861°W / 40.417194; -3.706861



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