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Ermita de Santa Paula

The Chapel of Santa Paula is the closest one to the town centre of Dénia, from among all the mediaeval chapels in the region.

Although the exact construction date is unknown, oral tradition links the founding of the building to the figure of Sister Catalina Bas. She was a hermitess who, in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, promoted the construction of the chapel on the site of an ancient farmhouse as the first dependency of a monastery dedicated to Santa Paula. However, her death prevented her from continuing the work.

This temple has undergone several modifications since its inception, with the most significant changes occurring in the 18th century.

The exterior reveals a double-pitched tiled roof and a facade featuring a doorway framed with stone voussoirs. Above the doorway, there is an empty niche and, crowning the triangular pediment, a tiled bell gable with its bell.

This entrance is not the original one, as it was opened during an intervention carried out in the 18th century. The original door was located beneath a semi-circular arch in the northern wall.

Inside, one can see a rectangular nave divided into three sections. Pebbles are embedded in the walls of the first two sections. The visible wooden beam ceiling conceals the actual roof, which was renovated in modern times. In the apse, behind the altar, there is a small altarpiece-like structure with a pedestal on which the image of Santa Paula has been placed. This sculpture dates back to 1943 and was created by the Valencian sculptor and image maker Antonio Greses Ferrer. Additionally, there is a processional banner, as well as some other religious objects.

The feast of Santa Paula is celebrated on January 26th, and she is the patron saint of widows. Traditionally, a pilgrimage is made to the Chapel of Santa Paula on this day, where dances and traditional festivities take place, in addition to the corresponding Mass.

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