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Ermita de Sant Joan de Mosquera

The Mosquera rural area has its origins in a Moorish farmhouse.

In 1577, Joan de Ribera erected the hermitage known as Ermita de Sant Joan de Mosquera, choosing Joan El Percursor as patron saint, at that time easily accepted by those who renounced Koranic Law and accepted Christianity.

The Valencian sculptor Luis Gilabert Ponce, at the end of the 19th century, created the image of the saint. The importance of this saint for Mosquera is highlighted in the following traditional song:

Sant Antoni està a Benissa,

Sant Domènec, a Xaló;

Sant Joan està a Mosquera,

Jesús Pobre, sota el Montgó.

(Saint Antoni is in Benissa, / Saint Domènec, in Xaló; / Saint Joan is in Mosquera, / Jesús Pobre, below the mountain of Montgó.)

In terms of architecture, the chapel is preceded by a porch with three frontal accesses under semi-circular arches and a window with a lowered arch on the left side.

From this exterior, what stands out are the solid buttresses with reddish tiles and a ceramic panel over the entrance door, on which the following inscription can be seen: "It was restored in 1975 by the parishioners of Alcalalí, during the time of Mr. Conrado Andrés’ period as Rector".

The interior, also whitewashed, consists of a single nave divided by two lowered arches and covered by a barrel vault with lunettes. On the main wall, among various sacred themes and objects of worship, there is a neoclassical altarpiece with the image of St. John the Baptist “Xiquet”, dressed as a shepherd.

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