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Wednesday 7 February 2007

A trip to a Spanish Monastery

(Please see UPDATE at end)

We finally seem to have got over the period of rainy and quite cold weather we've had for the last 10 or so days; today it reached about 17.5 degC, really quite pleasant, and almost totally blue sky most of the day. After a trip to town (Mazarron) to mail some things at the post office, I decided to take a trip into the hills beyond Totana to a monastery near the mediaeval hill town of Aledo; the Hermitage of Saint Eulalia of Merida dates from the late 16th century and is located in very pretty countryside in the Sierra Espuna:

The entrance to the Church

The altarpiece

Illuminating a 'candle'

Monastery and hotel complex

Click here to see larger images.

I shall undoubtedly be back up there in coming weeks as there is a large statue of Jesus Christ on a nearby hill overlooking the monastery which, according to the lady in the information office at the Monastery, affords tremendous views over the surrounding countryside and down to the sea; photos to come.

UPDATE: I did make a trip back up to the Monastery later in the month when we walked up the hill to the see the view from there and to see the statue of Jesus Christ from close-up. The photographs above plus some additional photographs taken on my later visit are here.

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