Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Gergal - Almeria)

What to see in Gergal


Church of the Virgin of Carmel

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Church of the Virgin of Carmel (Gergal - Almeria)
It is estimated that the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was built at the end of the 16th century or the beginning of the 17th.

Originally it was called the Church of Saint Mary, a name that received the parish due to the devotion that Queen Isabella I of Castile had towards the virgin.

However, a parish priest of Gergal encouraged the devotion to the Virgin of Carmel, to the point that in 1744, the Bishop approved the change of name in favor of it.
In 1771, the church underwent a reform in which a new plant was built, the windows were pleased, a large choir was built at the foot of the altar, and the walls were widened.

One of the most appreciated elements of this structure is the Mudejar armor of the roof of the central nave, as well as the choir, located on a higher level. In 2001, work began on the restoration of the structure, and then the wall paintings were discovered on some walls: a painting of the Immaculate Conception, as well as paintings of what appears to be a man, Solomonic columns, flowers, and garlands.

Castle of Gergal

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Castle of Gergal (Gergal - Almeria)
It is a structure built as a defense, with a strategic location in one of the hills that form in the Sierra de Los Filabres, allowing observation from a high point.

The structure is large - the central building being a square of about 15 meters, which has two lower towers and circular attached to the façade.

The castle was the scene of many struggles - until between 1571 and 1620, the area was partially depopulated, after the expulsion of the Moorish.
Its importance lies in the fact that this castle was one of the fundamental structures in the defense of which Gergal was a participant against Turkish and Berber pirates who came to the coasts of Almeria to raid, quickly and unexpectedly, looting Christian villages, capturing to its inhabitants and fleeing with important booties.

In the 17th century, the castle was rebuilt to boost the repopulation of the area. It belonged to several figures of public life such as the Marchioness of La Torre de las Sirgadas and the Marchioness of La Puebla de Ovando, but it was finally in the hands of the State, who declared it alienable and was auctioned publicly in 1972, passing into the hands of a particular. Despite being private, the castle was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 1985.

Old Bridge of Gergal

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Old Bridge (Gergal - Almeria)
It is a construction of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

It began in the year 1880 and, due to problems related to the land necessary for its lifting, was delayed for about 28 years.

It was completed in 1908 under the direction of the Engineer D. Jose Molero Levenfeld.

The Cimbra

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The Cimbra (Gergal - Almeria)
It is a public laundry that was part of the life of many generations of inhabitants of Gergal, who went to him to wash the dirty clothes of the family. It was built in 1947 and its cost was 20,000 pesetas of the time and its interior ran a ditch of crystal clear water that was excellent for washing clothes.

It worked until the mid-seventies when it stopped being used because the water ditch that passed through the interior of the Cimbra began to diminish its flow until it disappeared little by little and by the arrival of running water to most of the homes.

Saint Sebastian Hermitage

Saint Sebastian Hermitage (Gergal - Almeria)
The Hermitage of Saint Sebastian houses the image of the patron saint of Gergal throughout the year.

It contains an unknown antiquity, although it must be a building of several centuries of existence since in the main façade it appears a sign with the monumental inscription "Saint Sebastian Hermitage (1734)". However, this date is not verified.

The Hermitage has been restored recently, finishing the works in the year 2000.

May Cross Hermitage

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May Cross Hermitage (Gergal - Almeria)
It is a small hermitage of a surface of 9 m² of the square floor that is located at the entrance of the town by the west, in the neighborhood that bears his name.

The building is covered by a dome, in the style of the Islamic kubbas, which leads one to think that its origin could be Islamic.

It is built with poor masonry materials: stone, mud, and lime, but repaired with patches with cement mortar.

Saint Gregory Hermitage

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Saint Gregory Hermitage (Gergal - Almeria)
It is located east of the town of Gergal, on the top of the mountain known as “Loma de Tablas”.

Its antiquity is unknown, although it is believed that it is probably from the same time as the Hermitage of the Holy Sepulcher and also has its origin in the Arab era, going through the Christian conquest to be a hermitage for worship, which was baptized with the name of Saint Gregory for some unknown circumstance or fact.

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