Iglesia de la Asunción in Villajoyosa

The parish church of La Asunción is a church fortress built in the mid-16th century under the rule of Felipe II, the church is located in the municipality of Villajoyosa, in the province of Alicante. The parish and city council of Villajoyosa have done many restorations works on this unique church in recent years and it became a must-visit when you are in the neighborhood.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The fortress church of the Ascension itself was originally built at the same time as the renaissance walls on top of the remains of a Roman temple. The building integrates perfectly into the walls, giving it that typical fort church character of which there are only two other examples in the current province of Alicante: One in Jávea and another in Monforte.

Like other major cities in the region of the Crown of Aragon, this archpriest church was dedicated to the consecration of the Virgin of the Assumption, whose dedication was introduced in the 13th century by King Jaime I the Conqueror.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The main building of the church dates from the mid-18th century and is built in classicist baroque style. The two main chapels in the church are also from the 18th century. That of the Purísima, to the north, and that of the Communion of Santa Marta, to the south, which was inaugurated in 1740 and houses the statue of the city's patron saint. It is a wood carving from the 17th century.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The church contains many recycled remains from monuments of the previously built Roman city. There are also some Roman tomb inscriptions that are not always visible, both inside and outside the church.