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Església parroquial de la Mare de Déu de Gràcia(Énova)

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This building was rebuilt between 1720 and 1753, on the rubble of an old aljama mosque of the farmhouses of the Plan de Énova/Yânubah, with a nearby necropolis (11th-13th centuries) (Polo & García), transformed into the church of Santa María de Gracia by Jaime I in 1248, following the foundation of the feudal town known as Énova de los Cristianos. The late Romanesque building from the 13th century, a church of conquest, was replaced in the 18th century by the present building, which is much larger. The Communion chapel dates from 1828, and the presbytery was enlarged in 1949.

The rectory of Santa María de la Énova appears in the tithe collection lists of the Archbishopric of Valencia from the years 1279 and 1280, and in different parchments from the years 1295-1316, when Father Pere Hilari was parish priest, who later became the vicar forane (auxiliary bishop type) of Valencia. During works carried out in 2000, a beautiful tombstone carved in limestone from Llosar dels Francs was discovered in the basement of the chapel of the Santos de la Piedra (the old access corridor to the medieval moat). It is a monolith with an ataluded foot supporting a circle or solar disc, with an inscribed Greek cross.

It would probably mark the burial place of a parish priest, mayor or important personage of the time. It probably dates from the 13th century, a period still in transition between Romanesque - this is a Romanesque stele - and Gothic.

The medieval church had a main altar presided over by the Virgin of Grace and a side altar, with a corresponding one now, consecrated to Saint Peter the Apostle. According to the pastoral visit of 1401, apart from these altars there was a large pine box containing books, liturgical vestments and silver objects. The building housed the faithful of up to 80 or 90 families, which were the residents of 14th-15th century Enova.

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