An Unsuspected Treasure Awaits
Our municipality is home to one of the island’s most outstanding artistic jewels. To visit it, all you have to do is go to the town of Jesús and enter its church, Nuestra Señora de Jesus.
White silhouettes of pure, simple lines. Unpretentious. The intentionally defensive character of our churches was dictated by centuries of raids, invasions, attacks and plunder. These beautifully rounded rural structures comprise some of the most emblematic images of our island. Like snapshots from an earlier age, they speak to the heart and make an indelible impression on the eye. Of all the churches in Santa Eulària des Riu, the least-known by visitors is, without a doubt, that of Jesus, a minor hub near Ibiza town.
This church was raised in the mid-15th century, when it became necessary to provide religious services for fishermen’s families who lived outside the walls of Ibiza. Its stunning altarpiece, occupying the chancel, dates back to the turn of the 16th century and constitutes one of the jewels of Ibiza’s historical and artistic heritage. Consisting of 25 panels that were painted at the Valencian workshop of Rodrigo y Francisco de Osona in 1498, the work depicts the Breast-feeding Mother of God. Although it was done in the late Gothic style, its execution and composition display techniques pertaining to the Cinquecento. In addition to this valuable altarpiece, the church exhibits several of the most characteristic elements of Pitiusan churches, such as the single nave, the chorus, the side chapels and the porxo or porch, added in the late 19th century.