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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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  • We went during the week and at a time not very touristy, so there were many people and we could well see the Hermitage, to buy some souvenirs at the shop to the side, see the area where are the sails, etc. They had told us the history of the feast of El Rocío with the pilgrimage of the brotherhoods, with the procession of the Virgin, with the jump of the gate, so we went especially to see the Virgin and the gate are jumping, as well as the original gate with spikes, which is located outside.
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  • When we visited El Rocío, we had the luck that not just a Romería took place. Because if it takes place, abound in the place of horses and people. So we could place of pilgrimage in peace with the Erimata el Rocio, watch and enjoy. The idea that after the stories of the Spaniards there during a Romería to the 30,000 horses and people populate the place alone, enough already to enjoy the peace and quiet we found. It is beautiful, so close to get to know a different culture. We were trapped by the atmosphere that we will visit this beautiful place again.
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  • Was not the first time that it would, but tourism which goes does not have any respect for the Hermitage itself, when entering a place of worship needs to be a certain respect, maybe not, that seemed a central street of any city, in several occasions called attention, but people ignored, VIVA the VIRGEN del ROCIO!
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