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Ermita de la Mare de Déu del Calvari

The chapel of La Mare de Déu del Calvari, the construction of which was completed in 1954, is located on the hillside in the area of La Solana.

The hermitage is the end of a Calvary, or Way of the Cross, the fourteen chapels of which line the so-called Passeig de L'Ermita. These chapels, made of large blocks of limestone, were designed by the rector Juan Bautista Serer, a native and resident of Alcalalí.

The facade, preceded by an open porch supported by four columns, can be seen even before walking up the final staircase leading to the hermitage. Above it, there is a lobed oculus, or circular opening, decorated with crosses.

On the outside of the chapel one can clearly see the large belfry, made up of three spaces. The two lateral spaces that are home to two bells, named Rosari and Sant Francesc, accompany the central, larger space, where an image of the Virgin can be seen, the work of the sculptor José Lluch.

The entrance is a linteled door, made of wood secured with nails and peepholes in the two leaves.

The interior of the hermitage consists of the altar and a Eucharist presided over by the statue of El Santíssim Crist de La Set, created by Francisco Navarro Soriano. On the wall behind the altar, over a curtain that serves as a backdrop, there is the sculpture of La Mare de Déu del Calvari. It is a carving one and a half metres high, created by the Valencian sculptor Vicente Rodilla Zanón. The work won first prize at L'Exposició Regional d'Artesania, the Regional Crafts Exhibition, in December 1952.

The following is a popular song addressed to the Virgin:

Des de l'alt del calvari sou la nostra estrela, com més et mirem, més pura i bella. I Alcalalí, només un cor canta a la seua mare, himnes d'amor.

(From the height of Calvary you are our star, the more we look at you, the purer and more beautiful. And Alcalalí, only a heart sings to its mother, hymns of love.)

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