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Hermitage in Vallebrón
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Hermitage of San Pedro and San Juan, a building with 300 years of history in Vallebrón.

Fuerteventura has several hermitages spread throughout the island. Some of them are more than 3 centuries old. The walls of these buildings hold true relics of several centuries. The hermitage of San Pedro y San Juan, in Vallebrón (La Oliva), is a monument declared of Cultural Interest, with the category of Monument by Decree 260/1993, of September 24, of the Government of the Canary Islands.



San Juan, patron saint of Vallebrón
As stated in Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands, in the payment of Vallebrón there were two hermitages, until 1735, one dedicated to Our Lady of Grace and another to San Juan. Later disappearing the latter and passing the image of the Saint to the hermitage of Our Lady of Grace, which is the one that remains today, although under the title of hermitage of San Juan Bautista and San Pedro, probably because San Juan is the patron saint of the town.

Structure of a century-old building
The hermitage was built at the beginning of the second decade of the eighteenth century in the place called La Majada, on the slopes of Morro de La Majada. It was endowed on October 24, 1712 by a group of local residents and blessed on the first of February 1713 by the Vicar of the island, Esteban González Socueva. The hermitage has a single nave covered with two waters and tile, with two access doors, one facing south and the main one to the west, both are lintelled and are made of clear stonework; in one of them worked the stonemasonry officer Andrés Gutiérrez Brito, a native of Gran Canaria.

The cover of the hermitage
The main portal is formed by rectangular and square coffers, with a cornice at the top on which pinnacles rest on both sides of a trapezoidal piece, also of clear stonework, on which rests a slab of more reddish stonework in which a relief representing two mice facing each other can be seen, and crowning the set a cross of the same material.

In the upper left is placed the small wooden belfry of recent appearance. The south door is also made of stonework and in the upper central part there is the relief of a cross on steps, adorned with two branches at the bottom and two nails at the top.

The sacristy is located on the side of the gospel, covered with four waters and tile, the access is from inside the temple and has a window in the wall of spring. The nave of the hermitage is surrounded by a small masonry pole on its south, east and west sides. In front of the main door is the calvary a wooden cross on a circular base of masonry painted white.

The interior of the building
Inside the roof is made of wood, gabled with almizate decorated with simple lacery and wooden braces to counteract the thrust of the roof on the walls. In the area of the main altar, as in the sacristy, the old slabs of clear sandstone that covered the ground are preserved, the rest is made of cement, placed in 1955.

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