The Collegiate Church of Osuna is an obligatory stop on the well-known Caminos de Pasión route, that crosses the Andalusian provinces of Jaén, Córdoba or Seville. In fact, of all this route, the Sevillian population of Osuna is one of the great stars.
And it is that this town not only visits the spectacular Collegiate Church, one can also marvel at the monastery of the Incarnation and with the treasures guarded by its Archaeological Museum. By the way, all of this can be visited with the same ticket.
The location of the Collegiate Church of Osuna
At the top of the town there was a medieval castle, but in the first half of the 16th century the Osuna Collegiate Church began to be built. It is a location that is next to the aforementioned monastery of La Encarnación and very close to what was the University of Osuna.
It is definitive that when you visit this Sevillian town there is no possible loss. Any walk through the town should end here!
a renaissance building
From the outside, the Collegiate Church of Osuna is a sober building, very sober. But yes, of clear classical inspiration, something typical of the Renaissance moment in which it was built. And its internal structure is also very austere, based on a floor plan supported by thick columns.
However, the idea of sobriety and spaciousness is complemented by the rich ornamentation that treasures the temple and the different works of art distributed throughout its dependencies.
What to see in the Collegiate Church of Osuna?
The walk through the naves of the church, through its side chapels and through the presbytery, with its impressive baroque altarpiece, is the first part of the visit to the Collegiate Church of Osuna. But there is more, and it is worth following the guided tour to know the details of the jewels that are kept here.
Sacred Art Museum
Many of these jewels are in the prestigious Museum of Sacred Art. A museum that safeguards one of the best collections of baroque art in Andalusia. It is, therefore, a mandatory visit.
For example, there is exposed the valuable picture of the Christ of the Expiration made in the 17th century by the painter José Ribera, known during his long stay in Italy as Il Spagnoleto.
But in this museum of the Collegiate Church of Osuna there are not only paintings. There are also liturgical jewelssuch as the fine gold work of the Chalice of the Little Bells by the sought-after artist Pedro de Ribadeo.
And in addition to that, in the sculpture rooms there are several figures of interest not only for believers, but also for art lovers. A good example is the Triumphant Childwhich recalls the most outstanding sculptors in Seville in the 17th century, such as Juan Martínez Montañés and Juan de Mesa.
The tomb of the Dukes of Osuna
However, another of the high points of the visit to the Collegiate Church of Osuna comes when we approach the ducal pantheon. It is an underground space that it is located precisely under the main altarpiece of the church.
But do not imagine a narrow and dark place. On the contrary, the place that the Duke and Duchess of Osuna chose to be buried is really attractive. Opened in 1545, there one can admire a magnificent tomb. It has a chapel, sacristy, tabernacle and until the exit to a cloister of two heights.
The most interesting would be the sacristy, with its own ornamentation of Plateresque art and its ceiling made of wood and golden tones. Meanwhile, the courtyard with a cloister that is accessed from there is a wonderful example of Renaissance art.
Ultimately, what the Collegiate Church of Osuna houses an artistic repertoire like few other monuments in the province of Seville. Without forgetting that it is a burial place of one of the families that have been considered Great of Spain for centuries. In fact, the last tomb of the ducal pantheon dates from 1915.
In other words, it is a place whose visit is more than justified. And although you have to pay to enter, it is best to buy the voucher. It will also allow us to access the Archaeological Museum and the neighboring monastery of La Encarnación, which has one of the most interesting sets of tiles that can be seen in the province of Seville.