The church of San Ginés is in Calle Arenal and is dedicated to the French saint Genès d'Arles. This is one of the oldest churches in Madrid, built in 1645 on the site of what is thought to be a Mozarabic chapel. Built to a design by Juan Ruiz, the church has undergone several restorations and changes to its appearance throughout its history.
The tile and brick facade you see today dates back to 1870, but it was originally neo-Plateresque, and after being destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, the decorative features were removed as part of restoration work carried out following the conflict. Its arched entrance porch opens into an interior with three naves and side chapels, including the Santísimo Cristo chapel. The church of San Ginés holds an impressive set of artworks, the most valuable of which is The Purification of the Temple by El Greco.