Hermitage of El Rocío, Almonte

The Hermitage of El Rocío is a hermitage at El Rocío in the countryside of Almonte, Province of Huelva, Andalusia, Spain. The hermitage is home to the Virgin of El Rocío, a small, much-venerated carved wood statue, and is the destination of an annual procession/pilgrimage on the second day of the Pentecost, known as the Romería de El Rocío, connected to the veneration of the Virgin of El Rocío; in recent years the Romería has brought together roughly a million pilgrims each year.Although there has been a hermitage on this site for centuries, the present hermitage building was designed by architects Antonio Delgado y Roig and Alberto Balbontín de Orta, designed in 1961 and built in stages over the next two decades.HistoryThe historical chronicles say that King Alfonso X of Castile (Alfonso the Wise), present on the site in 1270, ordered the construction of a hermitage dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the place then known as Las Rocinas, which had recently been reconquered from the Muslims who at that time still ruled much of southern Spain. The same chronicles say that attracted by the beauty of the area and its abundant deer, Alfonso established himself a hunting preserve there in 1269, first known as the Coto Real del Lomo del Grullo y Las Rocinas, which largely coincides with today's Doñana National Park or Coto de Doñana.
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  • August 19, 2017
    As it says the song; Dew I want...! And we thank God, after a few years we have returned, but this time not only by the way, this time we have stayed at this beautiful village. We have breathed much peace strolling that although they are dusty because there is no asphalt, it is wonderful to walk surrounded by horses and carts! Sounds of bells.. .pajarillos singing.. .the marshes with their birds and wild horses really a trip to recommend 100% the Hermitage is externally beautiful, pure white does not leave looking at her.! Once inside, no-frills and your online of whiteness, highlights its altar gold where you can see our White Dove each looked it in its own way, with faith, others with hope, others simply to see her... But I assure you that you leave footprint! For believers there to the left of the altar, there is a chapel with bars where they put a cloak of the Virgin if you want to touch it. Outside you have the official store where you can comorar memories. Already in the streets around have Flemish and other clothing.. .There stores it's nice to visit very typical. There are bars, taverns and several accommodation.. .but please let us know a little before you go because as everywhere there are best and worst and where you nailed or will charge you a fair price! We stayed in the hotel or pension Cristina and certainly will not return there... Although it may seem nice for the price which has.. .to us us has come to price of a suite in a hotel.. .for after being there two nights very well... incredibly the same owners of the hotel called the crane denouncing cars that were there before we were customers this I can't even understand it! When the police is it said to my husband and the other owner of the vehicle that had been... .casi fall back! But finally this already pass, we pay and we call light for that evil, but at the same time we want does not happen to other people! I recommend to go to other hotels where can rest assured of that this car in the parking lot already that everything is very close to walk... so will save the great shock of thinking that they have stolen the car and also 200 euros fine + 130 crane! Waiting for them to be useful our opinion I send a friendly greeting Felix and Clemen
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful sanctuary, but the people surrounding the aantuario spoils it and business that have made it. 30 years ago it was a beautiful sanctuary and a wonderful village and they have now surrounded the sanctuary of businesses that destroy its natural setting and the beauty that has. There are crowds of people, of sales sites. I don't like what it has become. But once you enter the sanctuary welcomes you the peace, except when out cameras and without any respect for the place and those who are there reports are made.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is an impressive place of worship with an impressive charm in a picturesque place near the coto de Doñana and also a binding site of passage for the rocieros and devotees of the Virgin
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