Capilla de San Juan de Dios
You will find the Capilla de San Juan de Dios in Calle de San Juan de Dios in Marbella’s old town. There is a board outside the chapel which provides details as follows:
“The chapel belongs to the Hospital of the Misericordia or San Juan de Dios and was constructed at the request of the Catholic Monarchs in the first half of the 16th century. The facade of the building is simple yet interesting, with a stone entrance containing a semicircular opening enclosed by a large wooden door with carvings of the coat of arms of Carlos III and the order of San Juan de Dios. The cornice is decorated with a row of spheres. The interior contains a magnificent mudéjar coffered ceiling.”
Before the creation of the Bazan hospital, it was alone in its purpose of providing hospital assistance in Marbella. It also served as a home for foundlings. The lower part of its facade is stone and the small whitewashed bell tower is built in popular local style.
The interior has a coffered ceiling and you will find a mixture of elements of gothic-mudejar origin and religious images. There are also some fragments of frescos discovered during a recent reformation. Although they are only fragments, they do give an idea of decoration in that time. It is rarely open to the public, but here are a few fascinating images of the chapel taken during Christmas 2014: