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Ermita de la Virgen de los Desamparados(Algimia de Alfara)

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The Hermitage of the Virgen de los Desamparados is located on a small elevation in the upper part of the town of Algímia d'Alfara, at the exit towards the neighbouring Alfara de la Baronia, with its back to the railway line.

A small piece of pottery above the doorway provides information: Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados - Algímia de Alfara - Construction began on 13th June 1708 - Finished on 4th September 1713, Rev. D. Felipe Carpi being the parish priest. Its current state of conservation is excellent.

It is a building with whitewashed walls and a tiled gable roof. Its main door has a porch enclosed by an iron grille. In the pediment there is a window, also latticed and semicircular, and it is finished off with an elegant cornice of curved lines and a stylised central belfry with a bell and iron cross.

The chapel has a rectangular floor plan and a single nave with a barrel vault and side chapels, including one dedicated to the co-patron saint San Vicente Ferrer. A ceramic plinth runs around the entire enclosure. The presbytery, raised on steps, is presided over by the image of the Virgen de los Desamparados, which is preserved in the glazed niche of the altarpiece behind the altar. This image is a copy of the original, which was destroyed in 1936.

The Mare de Déu dels Desamparats is the patron saint of the town, canonically proclaimed in 2012 and crowned in 2014. During her festivities, the image is taken to the parish church, where it remains for eight days before being returned to the chapel in procession. These festivities were traditionally held on the second Sunday in May, but some years ago the date was changed to the first weekend in August to take advantage of the greater presence of the faithful during the summer season.

Image of Ermita de la Virgen de los Desamparados