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concepción hermitage los llanos

Hermitage in Los Llanos de la Concepción
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A temple for Our Lady of the Conception.

Fuerteventura has several historic buildings, among them is the well-known Hermitage of Our Lady of the Conception, the temple is located in the town of Los Llanos de la Concepción, declared of Cultural Interest in May 2007





A building with more than 200 years
The place of Llanos de La Concepción was known until the late eighteenth century as Llanos del Otro Valle or Llanos de Santa Inés. This settlement, quite old, built its temple between 1784 and 1796, being its main promoter D. Joseph de Armas who became guarantor of the work. On November 3, 1796, the entire neighborhood committed itself to the endowment and maintenance of the temple that would be under the invocation of Our Lady of La Concepción, later taking the place the name of said patron, and decreed in 1797 that this feast would be celebrated on August 15 of each year. The temple was blessed on March 20, 1798.

With the Parish Restructuring Plan of Fuerteventura, culminated in 1792 by the prelate Antonio Tavira y Almazán, the payment of Los Llanos de La Concepción became the property of the newly created beneficiary of Casillas del Ángel. and as a consequence of the Constitution of 1812 and the subsequent territorial division into municipalities, this place was part of the municipality of Casillas del Ángel until September 21, 1926, when said municipality disappears when it is annexed by Puerto Cabras.

Building structure
The temple is a modest construction with a simple nave covered with three waters and exposed tiles. In both longitudinal walls of the hermitage there are windows near the altar area. The sacristy is attached to the head of the temple occupying the same width as the hermitage and differing from it by the hipped roof and without tile.

The access to the temple is made by two doors, one towards the middle of the wall of the epistle, facing south and the main door facing west, both are finished in a semicircular arch. On the main doorway, in the central part of the gable opens a small oculus. The belfry is placed on the upper right side of the façade, plastered and painted white, with a small hollow-bell topped in a semicircular arch, crowning the rectangle that forms the whole of the belfry protrudes a small cornice on which rest two small decorative volutes flanking a pinnacle. The hermitage is surrounded by a small wall attached to the north, south and east sides. In front of the main door there is a small paving of limestone slabs and in front of it is also the small calvary with a wooden cross on a square base.

Interior of the building
Inside, the simple wooden roof rests on three sides on a hearth with cord decoration and the almizate is decorated with simple geometric motifs; simple wooden braces counteract the thrust exerted by the roof on the walls and two small braces in the corners of the head of the temple. On the wall of the epistle, next to the altar, there is a small niche with a corbel that houses small images. The sacristy is accessed by an open door on the right side of the front wall. The entrance is covered with simple wooden truss and features a large window in the south wall, characteristic of domestic architecture, with masonry seats within the wall.



Source: Government of the Canary Islands
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