El Oratorio de la Santa Cueva

Calle Rosario, 10, 11004 Cádiz, Spain

This oratory is a well-preserved 18th-century church on two levels, with an austerely white, cryptlike space in the basement and an oval-shaped, highly decorated Baroque chapel on the floor above. The artistic contents of the “Holy Cave” are evidence of the level of excellence characteristic of 18th-century Cádiz: Haydn wrote his Seven Words from the Cross (1787) to be performed here and Goya painted The Last Supper, which can still be seen in the upper chapel.

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