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Ermita de Sant Antoni Abat de Benitzaina de Xàbia

For more than a century, the farmhouse known as Benitzaina has been the subject of a territorial dispute between the towns of Xàbia and Dénia, as it is located near the border that divides the two municipalities. According to the criteria of several apparently neutral sources, although the farmhouse undoubtedly stands in Dénia's territory, the chapel, despite the fact that it belongs to the farmhouse, is located in Xàbia's municipal area, with the northern and western walls serving as a boundary. However it may be, it seems unquestionable that religiously and devotionally the chapel has always been more closely linked to the latter town.

Built in the 18th century, the farmhouse is a remarkable building that alone deserves a visit, located in a place so far from the usual tourist routes. It consists of a group of outbuildings dedicated to the agricultural industry, distinguished by its fortified structures used in the past to defend its inhabitants and goods during times of insecurity.

The chapel and the farmhouse appear in documents from 1791, and both are currently privately owned and maintained in excellent condition. The chapel is a small building with a rustic appearance and whitewashed masonry walls, except for the corners and the doorframe which maintain the natural colour of the stone. Attached to the chancel, there is a lower sacristy with a single-sloped roof, while the chapel itself has a gabled roof. The door is lintelled, with stone leaves and voussoirs framing it. The upper part is crowned by a simple belfry without a bell and a small iron cross, which is the only decorative object on the outside.

The interior, just as simple and modest, has a rectangular floor plan. It is noteworthy that the beams used for the roof come from the masts of old sailing ships. Above the altar, attached to the wall, there is a painted altarpiece imitating marble in which, between columns, there is a niche where an image of Sant Antoni Abat is displayed.

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