Church of Saint Isidore (Chirivel - Almeria)

What to see in Chirivel


Church of Saint Isidore

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Built in the 19th century, the Parish Church of Saint Isidoro is one of the must-sees in Chirivel.

The church has a neoclassical and historicist style, which was unfortunately affected by renovations in the 70s, when elements of this style were removed, such as mouldings and framing. However, its structure consists of three naves, its north side tower and its bell tower, which still retain its original character and make it one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical structures of recent centuries.
Its ancient air and the splendour of its architecture have been recovered thanks to work carried out in 2001 and the return of a restored image of the Virgin of Rosary, patroness saint of Chirivel, which is now sheltered inside the temple.

El Villar Archaeological Site

 El Villar Archaeological Site (Chirivel - Almeria)
The “El Villar” Archaeological Site was once a Roman town called Ad Morum, which was located at the foot of the Via Augusta. It is said that the origin of this town dates from the end of the 1st century AD when it reached its maximum splendour, but it then declined in the 2nd century and was finally abandoned in the 3rd or early 4th century.

It is about 13,000 square meters, perfectly divided, and was the site of numerous excavations and studies between 1983 and 1985.
Thanks to these excavations and the results of the studies, the deposit was declared an Archaeological Zone framed within the Assets of Cultural Interest.

In the midst of these studies, mosaics from the 2nd century AD were found, ceramic vessels, remains of an oven, and also pieces of marble that today adorn the Museum of Almeria.

The Paseo

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The Paseo (Chirivel - Almeria)
This is a space in which several places of interest are located in Chirivel, and is found in the heart of town.

Always full of people, the Paseo is the geographical hub of the town, and contains the Town Hall, the main square, the main Library, the Chirivello Park, and a playground.

Due to its central location, the Paseo also has many places that border it, offering the opportunity for visitors to walk, eat, and enjoy this beautiful town.

Statue of Dionysus

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Statue of Dionysus (Chirivel - Almeria)
Considered one of the most important archaeological discoveries of Chirivel, the statue of Dionysus dates from the 2nd century BC, and was found in El Villar, just on the edge of the village.

The statue, which is attached to the figure of a feline, was found in an excellent state of preservation, so it is easy to appreciate the fine details of its construction. It became a symbol of Chirivel and was acquired by the authorities, to be sheltered in the facilities of the Archaeological Museum of Almeria.
However, the Museum was responsible for making a faithful and accurate copy of the statue, and installing it in the same place where it was found, known as the park of Chirivello.

Experts are sure that the finding indicates the presence of a Roman settlement, Ad Morum, but they also point out that it was probably a luxurious place, because the pieces found point to an expensive life, like fine statues and ornaments covered with gold leaf, among others.

Miner's House

Miner's House (Chirivel - Almeria)
So called because it was sent to be built by the owner of Cartagena Mines in 1906, the house is located in front of the Parish Church of Saint Isidro, which has given it a great cultural relevance.

It is a characteristic Art Deco house, due to its modernist style, which can be seen not only in the façade but especially inside. Its most striking aspects outside are the balconies, while inside, the forged staircase, the walls, and the ceilings are especially beautiful.

The Millenary Sabina

The Millenary Sabina is a millenary tree, located within the Sierra Maria-Los Velez Natural Park.

About 20 meters high, it is estimated that its age is between 600 and 1,000 years, and is a must see in Chirivel.

It is said that due to its antiquity, it has been able to develop a defence system that allows it to resist the most extreme climates without suffering major damages.
Its evergreen leaves hardly change in intensity during the stronger summers, but do become a little more opaque.

The community of Chirivel, as well as the neighbouring towns, show great respect for the natural treasures found in the Sierra, but they show a greater respect for this millenary tree that has aroused the curiosity and admiration of locals and visitors.

Church of Saint Anthony (El Contador)


The Parish Church of Saint Anthony of Padua was built in the year 1900.

It is a building of the popular historicist style and was built on an old hermitage of the early 1700.

Its size and its white colour are perfectly integrated into the architecture of El Contador, a village of great agricultural and livestock wealth.

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