Following upon the rapid urban development and population growth experienced by Torre del Mar at the end of the 1960s, the old neo-Mudéjar (Moorish Revival architecture) church had become too small and a drastic decision was taken to demolish it and to build a new edifice. This is the Parroquia de San Andrés Apóstol.
The new modernist-style building has a basilica plan regarding layout and decoration, with simplicity, austerity and good feeling predominating. The interior is completely open, since intermediate pillars and columns were eliminated to achieve a large empty space without visual impediments towards the single altar.
Traditional decorations and ornaments were considered obstacles to ‘correct’ worship, hence the minimalism and the sole figures being those of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. The impressive carving of the Crucified Christ is the work of the Sevillian master image maker Francisco Buiza Fernández.
Quite a unique belltower with no ropes attached. Probably an app for it, too. There’s an app for almost everything these days.