Hermitage of the Virgen de los Remedios
The chapel is reached via a steep, winding road which affords breathtaking views of the Guadalhorce Valley.
The chapel’s existence dates back to the 16th century, when the Virgin appeared in the town and news broke of a plague epidemic while she was being paraded through the streets, the disease subsiding shortly afterwards to give rise to the name Virgen de Los Remedios.
The present-day building does not date back as far as these events, since the chapel’s image dressing room and bell gable were built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and feature neo-baroque interior decoration. As a result, they combine the simplicity of popular architecture with the elaborate baroque of the interior and the niche-tower.
It comprises a single nave which is entered via a porch covered by a three-slope roof. The highlight of the main faèade is the Roman arch flanked by pilasters that support an entablature bearing the name “Marîa”. It is crowned by a half-barrel vault with superimposed gold adornments and a central medallion supported by Doric capital pilasters.
Worthy of note inside is the hexagonal main chapel and, of course, the 16th century statue of the Virgin which is housed in a silver niche in the tower, from where it is worshipped.
In September 2004, the Andalusian Regional Government declared the whole complex an item of Cultural Interest, establishing a protection zone comprising 77600 metres of rural and urban land on the hill known as Monte de la Virgen on which the chapel stands.
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