The Parish Church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo is the most representative religious temple of the bohemian coastal town of Altea. Its unique high ceilings built with unique blue tiles are reflected in its iconic dome. A symbol that, with the passing of time, has won the affection of all its visitors.
It is located in the heart of the Old Town of Altea and in an atmosphere that is full of joy and people 356 days of the year. Fantastic restaurants, peculiar cafés, essential ice-cream parlours and views to be photographed are all around. The image of the parish can be found in all the craft shops in Altea.
Despite the centuries of history that precede it, it gained its current presence during the first decade of the 20th century. The temple took on a new face thanks to its neo-baroque architecture that still survives to this day.
In this new appearance, the figure of the parish priest of the time was very important. Juan Bautista Cremades Peiró insisted on the location of the façade and other important elements of the church. For example, a smaller dome than the one originally intended. At this point, the cobalt blue modernist pieces were added. This colour is so classic of the Costa Blanca and perfectly matches the essence of the Levantine coastline.
But the Parroquia is not only striking for its beauty from a long distance. If you stop to appreciate and observe its small details, you can discover different shapes or figures. In fact, the rows of white tiles that accompany the façade are an allegory of the architecture of the rest of Altea. Our favourites, however, are the dragons that you can find in the form of figures.
Inside, and as it could not be otherwise, the essence of the most traditional village remains. White reigns throughout the temple and the accompanying details are in gold.
If you are planning to visit the town, either in the coastal area or in the oldest part of the town, you cannot miss the opportunity to stop and appreciate this magnificent temple that stands at the highest point of Altea.
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