Sitges Iconic Church – Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla

The Church

Right Side 1863 : Left side 1868: Forecourt claimed from sea 1967
Sitges Church Painting Ernest Descals

  • Parish of the city of Sitges
  • On a hill that dominates the coast & town
  • Site of 2 previous churches (one Romanesque and one Gothic from 1322)
  • Construction began in 1665 (17th century)
  • Finished & blessed on July 18th, 1672
  • More works 1854 and 1856 (19th Century)
  • Bells and watch the tower 1868
  • Blessed Sacrament chapel & second tower 1868 (octagonal reformed)
  • Contains several altarpieces:
    • ‘Center of the Renaissance’ altarpiece (1499) of St. Bartholomew and Santa Tecla
      (central del retablo renacentista), designed by the Neapolitan painter Nicolás de Credença. (represents the patron saints of the town
    • The Renaissance ‘Roser’ altarpiece
    • ‘Baroque’ altarpiece
  • Two Gothic tombs dated 1317 and 1322 (under the choir)
    With remains of: Bernardo de Fonollar, Galceran de Ribes and Galcerán de Pacs
  • Baptistery and side chapel, paintings of  the Virgin of Montserrat (Pere Pruna)
  • 1950 and 1951, the architect Francesc Folguera performed works on the dome and the altar
  • ‘The Ecce Homo’ Chapel
  • ‘La Del Santísimo’ Chapel ‘the Blessed’
    With modern paintings by ‘Darius Vilàs’, who also painted the Chancel
    (space around the altar : presbiterio) Commissioned by American philanthropist ‘Charles Deering’
  • Sacristy leads to the chapel of ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’

The Organ (El órgano)

  • 1690s by sculptor ‘Joan Roig i Gurri’
  • For the ‘University of Sitges’
  • Completed in May 1699
  • Over seen by organist ‘Bartolomé Triay’
  • ‘Sebastián Font’ painted the doors.
  • Images of the Apóstoles
  • Sculptures of four musical angels
  • Image of the ‘Immaculate Conception’ with frieze and cornice
  • Two angels and the shield of Sitges
  • Lower part with cuarterones (panels) and a centre star

Archives of parroquiadesitges Website (since gone)

Church Inside

Church Façade (Day)

Church Façade (Night)

Surrounding Road in Gothic Area (Day)

Surrounding Road in Gothic Area (Night)