Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Rioja - Almeria)

What to see in Rioja


Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Rioja - Almeria)
According to an ecclesiastical decree of May 26, 1505, the Parochial Church of Saint Mary in Rioja was created, together with Gador, Quiciliana, and Mondujar.

This temple was built by taking advantage of the mosque and its minaret, which were transformed into a Christian church and bell tower.

This first church has a Mudejar architectural style, with wood used as the main material, especially in the roof.
It is interesting to note how, during the rebellion of the Moorish, the churches of our region were burned, except for the Rioja, possibly because the Moorish population still used it as a mosque.

At the beginning of the 17th century it was repaired, conserving the roof and the rest of the building with lime, tiles, and bricks. Many years later, during the Spanish Civil War, the building burned and disappeared, except for the tower that has survived to this day as a silent witness to the history of the village. In October 1956, the church was rebuilt with a vault and a choir. In 1963, it was damaged again and closed until 1969, when it was rebuilt as it appears today.

Andarax Viewpoint

Andarax Viewpoint (Rioja - Almeria)
This viewpoint stands out for its panoramic views of the region, from the fertile plain to the Andarax river. Likewise, the villages of Gador and Benahadux can be seen.

The location is remarkable as an important archaeological site belonging to the Neolithic period, and more specifically, to the so-called Culture of Almeria.

It has two informative panels that showcase a tour through the history of the region.

Orange Interpretation Center

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Orange Interpretation Center (Rioja - Almeria)
This Interpretation Center is part of the network of Interpretation Centers that have been built under the Tourist Plan of the Bajo Andarax.

It is a new building built on the site that occupied the former house of the municipality’s doctor.

In the Interpretation Center, the whole agricultural and environmental tradition of the Bajo Andarax is exposed and interpreted throughout the area’s history.
The agricultural history of the region is reviewed through the different types of cultivation and irrigation that have developed in it, making known the historical importance that the orange has had in this municipality and throughout the region.

From this enclave, we can observe magnificent views of the fertile plain of Bajo Andarax.

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