Transatlantic — Mijas Church and Bullring

Mijas, Spain

In the upper portion of Mijas, in what constituted the original population center for the town, lies a magnificent brick church. This is the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción, the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Church of the Immaculate Conception, Mijas

This structure dates to the mid-16th century, and was built upon the ruins of a castle and a mosque. I found several details worth photographing, such as the bells contained within the belltower and the brickwork that surrounded them:

Belltower brickwork

I guess I’m just a sucker for old brickwork:

Church brickwork

Even the whitewashed areas of this old church contained some interesting brick features:

More church brickwork

This church is not the only feature on this hill, for it sits adjacent to the old bullring:

Mijas Bullring

This oval shaped bullring, as with most of the buildings in Mijas, possesses a whitewashed exterior adorned with flowerpots.

Mijas Bullring

But if you look high up the walls you’ll also find another source of color — richly detailed tiles depicting some of the more famous bullfighters of Spain who have performed inside:

Mijas Bullring tiled scenes

If there’s a bullring, then there must be a bull, right? And here’s the bullring bull:

The bullring bull

Time to head back down the hill in preparation for this week’s Fun Photo Friday:

Mijas street


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