Plaza ayuntamiento Paterna del Río

What to see in Paterna del Rio

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Church of Saint John the Evangelist

This is one of the oldest and best preserved churches in the Alpujarra of Almeria. It was built between 1541 and 1548, possibly on the site of the main mosque that was called Agima Alquebir.

During the Moorish rebellion, it was only slightly damaged, which allowed builders to save most of the church. Between 1661 and 1662 the tower was constructed, and a few decades later, the new sacristy was built. This replaced the old one which was located in the lower part of the tower.
Its structure is typical of Mudejar church designs, with three naves separated by rectangular pillars and a main chapel.

Originally the interior of the temple was very dark, as the windows that illuminated the main chapel were made at the end of the 16th century. The windows were subsequently extended to give the interior more natural light.

Main Square

Plaza ayuntamiento Paterna del Río
The Main Square, or Town Hall Square, is home to a very characteristic fountain of Paterna del Rio.

On it you can see four stone lion figures, which reflect the majestic face of this town.

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