Our Lady of Gador Hermitage (Berja - Almeria)

Our Lady of Gador Hermitage (Berja)

Erected in 1588 by two hermits from remote origin, this hermitage houses one of the most revered images of the Almeria diocese. Especially in Berja where she is a patron, Gador is a very common women's name in her honor.

Highlights inside the building feature the mural decoration in the nave that was created in the 1920s. There is also the magnificent main altarpiece (1942), and the dressing room that houses the image; both works were made by Eduardo Espinosa Cuadros.

In 1936, the image of the Virgin was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. A few years later, it was restored and the image was incorporated with a Child Jesus. The walls of the new hermitage were placed at the height of the lateral bodies of the dressing room, being the style of this neo-Gothic place, belonging to the architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Every year, the patroness saint festivities are celebrated in honour of the Virgin of Gador, during the first and second Sundays of Lent.

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