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Chapel of Virgen del Val (Pedro)

It is considered the most important landmark of the town, and though during many years it has been said to be of Visigoth origin, new studies have proven that it used to be a Romanesque chapel.

 

It is located outside the village in the midst of vegetable gardens and a vibrant river.

 

Its construction is rather humble, only presenting one nave and a simple portico on a wooden doorstep that guards the entryway, plus another blind door on the west side. The chapel is placed directly on a rock, and the walls have been rebuilt along with a series of cantilevers with geometric carvings. In order to rebuild it, the builders reused pre-Romanesque stones, reason why its construction was dated back to Visigoth times.

 

Recent archaeological excavations have uncovered two construction phases from the Romanesque period: the 11th and 12th centuries. A unique piece called an alquerque, which is a medieval strategy board game, appeared in an ashlar cornerstone on the south-east side of the sanctuary. Another interesting feature was the discovery of a medieval necropolis excavated in the rock with anthropomorphic tombs covered in flagstones.

 

It has been declared Heritage of Cultural Interest since 1982 and has been the central topic of an intense restoring process in order to recuperate the structures and interior spaces, floors, canopies and furniture, some of them having a unique devotional significance such as the set of offerings from worshippers throughout decades that have been restored and placed in an exhibition.

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Cantilevers on the Chapel of Virgen del Val
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Chapel of Virgen del Val
Chapel of Virgen del Val

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