Calle San Agustín, 13270 Almagro
926 261 485
The Church of San Agustín is used as one of the main exhibition halls during the Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre. The building has been declared Cultural Interest Site since 1993 and it is considered as the Baroque masterpiece of the province of Ciudad Real. Its construction took several years and dates back to the end of the seventeenth century or the beginning of the eighteenth century, and it has been completed in 1709.
The Church of San Agustín is located in the Calle Mayor, a narrow street adjacent to the Plaza Mayor. The Church belonged to the intricate architectural complex of the Convent of the Augustinian Recoletos monks, founded by the Figueroa family. At present, only the church and some annexes are preserved of the former convent building.
In its interior, the plant of Jesuit tradition consists of a single hall nave, built in four sections, with barrel vaults with double traverse arches. The lateral naves are built over two floors, forming on the ground floor the side chapels and on the upper floor the tribunes. The front of the church is flat, with the alcove attached as an independent piece inside the church, accessible by a rambling staircase.
One of the most important elements is the mural decoration with tempera frescoes that covers almost completely the church, and that together with the altarpieces, sculptures and canvases, create a warm baroque atmosphere throughout the space; A beautiful polychrome set that reflects a theatrical world in which the scenography used to envelope and educate the spectator.
Hoy en día, su utilización como espacio expositivo durante el Festival, permite que podamos redescubrir uno de los edificios más emblemáticos del Barroco español a la vez que disfrutamos de magníficas exposiciones como ‘Escenificando a Cervantes’, organizada por el Museo Nacional del Teatro con motivo de la celebración de los cuatro años de la muerte de Miguel de Cervantes, o como la exposición ‘Arquitectura sueños: Colección de maquetas y teatrines del Museo Nacional del Teatro’ o la bellísima muestra ‘Una vuelta al mundo de la linterna mágica’, entre otras.