Tremedal Hermitage

Probably built in the first decades of the 19th century, this hermitage is one of the last ones built in the Maestrazgo region and one of those that keeps its cult alive. In its interior is venerated the carving of the Virgin of Tremedal whose origin is due to the fact that, according to the tradition of Tronchón, the Virgin appeared in Orihuela del Tremedal to a shepherd of Tronchón.

The greatest interest of this hermitage lies in its centralized circular plan, which forms a large cylindrical volume in height, to which a prismatic volume has been added as an atrium in its western part and another similar one as a sacristy in its eastern part.

The atrium, square in plan, open on two of its fronts by semicircular arches, houses in its upper part a high choir, which is accessed by a spiral staircase housed in another small cylindrical body attached to it. Some ceramic fragments of the original blue and white glazed floor are preserved. It preserves an altarpiece of the XVIII century dedicated to San Miguel, from another hermitage already disappeared.

The entire complex is made of plastered masonry, which gives it great clarity and volumetric simplicity.

The hermitage is visited during the pilgrimage held during the patron saint festivities on the first Sunday after September 8, the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin. The neighbors go to the hermitage to look for the Virgin and take her to the village. Once there, at the entrance, a singular act takes place, the so-called Relación de Bienvenida, in which a child dressed as an angel recites a few words to the Virgin before she continues on her way to the church. The following day, with the Relación de Despedida, the villagers bid farewell to the Virgin, who returns to the hermitage.