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Hermitage of El Rocío, Almonte

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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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  • Although it would not be in the week of festivities, it deserves be visited and recall images of the crowd by jumping the fence.
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  • The Hermitage of the Virgen del Rocío is Almonte. We were this Christmas with our children and the truth, it is not bad, people have great devotion to the Virgin Mary, but there is much more to see. The entire environment is filled with souvenirs and candles posts. You can also take a stroll in horse carriage. Cannot be pictures in the Hermitage.
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  • Many people inside and outside but worth to see and pray to the Virgin cannot be pictures that says the pastor or charge them I did photos before listening to him although there all over the world made thousand photos and normal don't you know when gonna to go though if it were closer not thought me a beautiful church in a unique site opposite the Park of Doñana and the spectacular weather! Cattle carriages...
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