Sunday, 14 March 2010

Strolling in the sunshine

Undaunted by the temporary closure of the Via Verde, I decided to walk to the Sanctuary of Los Remedios, the beautiful Church of the patron saint of Olvera, the origin of which dates back to the 16th century.
The pedestrianised route starts from the trading estate on the edge of town and winds its way up to the Church, two kilometres or so distant.

Although we have walked this way a few times, today was the first time that I have noticed the "Lavadero de Pino" (Pine Laundry), the washing and laundry building used in the old days by the good folk of Olvera.

Fed by a clear, fresh water spring, it still looks good enough to be in use today. Note the "scrubbing" places at the waters edge.
If ever your washing machine breaks down......!

The Sanctuario de Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios, without doubt one of the most beautifully decorated Churches that we have ever seen in Andalucia.

Inside is a lovely patio area, adorned with murals, paintings and religious artefacts.
The ceiling paintings are stunning. Unfortunately, photography within the chapel itself is prohibited but if you are ever in the area, a visit here would be more than worthwhile.
The monument outside the Church, dedicated to all who have contributed to the care of the Sanctuary over the last five centuries.

The view to Olvera from the Sanctuary.

No comments: