Hermitage of Santa Lucía

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Around the Christian towns immersed in rural areas in the boundaries with forests, woods, and even desert areas at that age, during the 14th-15th Centuries –the age of the Christian Conquest- Hermitages were built with similar architectural features. There are single nave buildings with or without lateral chapels, wood beamed ceilings and double slope roof. Flat headwall with beamed ceiling supported by pointed diaphragm arches.

Their presence is recorded throughout the entire Valencian territory. The locally known Santa Llúcia Hermitage is a clear example of the “Conquista” hermitages due to its site and its architectural features. This religious building dates from the 15th Century which was subsequently remodelled in the years: 1708-1812. It is a single nave building with rectangular layout and its interior is elegantly divided into two sections by a central pointed arch formed by ashlar stonework and coarse stone vaults, which are commonly found in the construction of the buildings in that age. Its structural reinforcement is reflected in the exterior buttresses joined to the walls built with the stone masonry technique. In relation to its main façade, note the access doorway formed by a semi-circular arch with ashlar stonework and vaults. Crowning the façade, we can see a steeple from a later time period. The Hermitage interior has been extensively remodelled and the image of Santa Llúcia is quite recent. The oldest historical treasure that has been conserved is a chalice that dates back to the mid 17th Century whose base portrays an image of Santa Llúcia.

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The hermitage is closed all year round, except the Saint Lucía celebration´s day (December 13th).