Recognise this? It’s Órgiva’s church – La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Expectation – before someone decided to rid its facade of charming trompe l’oeil detail and cover it up with the bland colour it is today. Maybe it’s had other designs since the cover-up – polka dots perhaps – but it’s sad it doesn’t look like this anymore. Maybe the exterior plaster was crumbling and needed to be replaced, who knows.
Infant orange trees can be seen in the forefront; today they are much bigger and add a splash of colour when the plump oranges ripen and hang heavy over the railings. There’s a town rule that all photos of Órgiva’s church must be taken between 10am and 11am, otherwise you have to clean the railings with your tongue – although you do get a free orange (when in season) – to freshen your mouth afterwards.
If anyone knows when this picture was taken, please let us know. We think it was in the 1950s.
Check out our other ‘Then and Now’ photos below.
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