Hermitages of Fortanete

Fortanete has several hermitages, three of which are located outside the municipal area (San Juan, St. Victor, Virgen del Buen Suceso y San Cristóbal) and two on the outskirts of the same, the hermitage of Loreto and that of Santa Barbara.

Hermitage of Santa Barbara

Building with a single nave, three bays, covered with a half barrel vault with lunettes.

The atrium is formed by three semicircular arches of ashlar masonry with a small starting impost and covered with a ribbed vault. This space preserves the pebble pavement with drawings, probably the original one, and ornaments of rockery in the keystone of the vault. The entrance door, of ashlar masonry, is linteled and the date 1715 appears on it.

Loreto Hermitage

It presents the typical architectural characteristics of the hermitages of this dedication distributed with great profusion in the Region of Maestrazgo.

Built in masonry and stonework in baroque style, the building is one of the first examples of this typology in the region. Some hermitages under this dedication with a scheme similar to this construction (a single nave and atrium at the foot with columns and a latticed window) were built in the 17th century.

The rectangular building has a single nave with two bays covered with a half barrel vault with lunettes. It is preceded by a large atrium delimited by a small lateral wall with a bench where four large Doric ashlar columns rest. The most interesting feature of this open portico is the preservation of a wooden ceiling with a decorated eave dating from 1663.


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