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cotillo hermitage

Hermitage in El Cotillo
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The Hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje, a reference for fishermen and boats.

Fuerteventura has numerous historic buildings founded several centuries ago. Just in the north of the island is, specifically in the town of El Cotillo, the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest on February 10, 2003

A hermitage with more than 300 years
It is located in the village of Cotillo, municipality of La Oliva, on an esplanade, with the façade facing the sea.

The hermitage of El Tostón was founded by the captain and Sergeant Major, D. Sebastián Trujillo Ruiz, relative of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, on the seventh of June 1680.

Exterior structure
The hermitage has undergone different extensions and restorations over time, as corroborated in the inscription on its façade, carried out in 1834. Outside it is presented in a simple rectangular construction and sacristy attached to the wall of the gospel, at the height of the main altar, place by which both enclosures communicate. On the main façade opens a door framed in black stonework topped with a semicircular arch. On this arch there is an inscription with the date of 1834 on a piece of clear stonework. The belfry is located on the upper right side of the gable, consists of a single hollow-bell, topped in a semicircular arch. The façade is cut in the form of an arch, crowned by a small wooden cross on a stonework base. In front of the main door is the small calvary with a wooden cross on a podium in a staggered form.

Interior of the ship
The interior roof is covered with a simple gabled coffered ceiling and almizate decorated with geometric motifs (lacery); Two simple wooden braces join the side walls.

The following elements are part of it:

– Wooden altarpiece of a single body divided into three streets separated by pilasters, in each of them a niche opens in which the images are welcomed, it is located at the head of the temple.

– Image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, located in the left niche of the altarpiece, round bulk and recently manufactured.

– Image of Jesus Savior of the world. Sculpture of round bulk and recent manufacture, is located in the right niche of the altarpiece.

– Carving of Christ on the Cross, located in the niche of the attic of the altarpiece, of round bulk.

– Image of Our Lady of the Good Journey. This candlestick sculpture is located in the central niche of the altarpiece, it is the most interesting image of the temple, with the face, hand and hair carved in wood and polychromed like the Child who holds the virgin in his right hand, carrying a cane in the left.

– Chalice, silver of the S. XIX.

Source: Government of the Canary Islands
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