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Ermita de Sant Miquel

The Chapel of Sant Miquel rises among private houses and its façade faces a triangular square with a cross at its centre, formed at the confluence of Carrer Duanes and Carrer Sant Lluís. It is located just about 150 metres north of the Chapel of Ecce Homo.

It was first documented at the end of the 15th century, but by the following century there were records of its state of abandonment, which would lead to one of the first of many rehabilitation projects the chapel would undergo. One of the most significant renovations occurred in the 18th century, completely reforming the façade to its present appearance. In the 19th century, the chapel housed a school and an electoral college. The most recent intervention dates back to 2006, and the temple is currently in good condition, although concerns exist that the deteriorating state of the neighbouring buildings could affect its structure.

As mentioned, the chapel is attached on both sides to private homes, and only the façade is visible, entirely whitewashed except for some exposed stones in one corner. A horizontal stringcourse divides it into two halves: the lower half contains the rectangular door, accessible via three steps, and in the upper half there is a niche with a ceramic altarpiece of the archangel and a small oculus on each side. The curvilinear cornice is crowned by a bell gable with a cross and a bell that was cast in 1945, donated by José Soldevila and his wife, as indicated by the inscription. On the façade, there is a plaque paying homage to Alfonset, a very popular figure in the town of Pego.

Two pointed arches that start from the ground divide the single rectangular nave into three sections, covered with a double-pitched roof and wooden beams. There is a pulpit attached to the Gospel side and from the sanctuary there is an entrance to the right leading to the sacristy. Alongside other iconography, there is a canvas of unknown authorship representing Sant Miquel, dating from the late 17th century and restored in 1990. Recently, while restoring the original frescoes on the altar, another canvas with the image of the archangel was discovered, possibly from the 19th century, which had been hidden in a wall.

The residents of the street where the chapel is located and the neighbourhood itself celebrate festivals in honour of Sant Miquel on his feast day, September 29th, with preceding days featuring sung Mass, a dawn procession, traditional games, a picnic dinner and a revelry.

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