Saint Joseph Church (Abanilla - Murcia)

What to see in Abanilla


Saint Joseph Church

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Saint Joseph Church (Abanilla - Murcia)
On the occasion of the administrative order of the Count of Oropesa, in 1691, the construction of this enclosure began.

However, it was not until 1702 that architect Toribio Martínez de la Vega drew up a project for its continuity, which ended in 1712, the year in which Bishop Don Luis Belluga consecrated it as a parish temple, although its interior was not finished.

It consists of a single rectangular nave with cross barrel vaults with a chapel in each arm.
They are linked by a ribbon engraved with the emblem of the Order of Calatrava, with alabaster windows, and it has a moderate Baroque style.

Town Hall

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Town Hall (Abanilla - Murcia)
The building was erected under the reign of Ferdinand VI of Spain, between the years 1751 and 1762. Its structure boasts a beautiful façade that currently preserves the large windows, fittings, and mouldings typical of the time, in addition to the King's Shield that favoured its construction.

In its beginnings, its roof was made of barrel tile, but it was replaced by flat tile. Its interior was transformed to make it more functional for administrative use and, on occasion, it became the seat of a jail and warehouse.

Municipal Laundry

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Municipal Laundry (Abanilla - Murcia)
This is located in La Purísima Square and dates from the 19th century. Its construction was attached to old municipal ordinances and in 1880 it was transferred to the fountain on Main Street, where it works in a simple architecture, roofed, and with raised stone pillars for the comfort of the trade.

It was decorated with tiles, with a predominance of ochre and blue with figures representing the traditional daily lifestyle. After the washing activities, the sewage is reused in the irrigation of the suburbs of the population.

Monument to the Holy Cross

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Monument to the Holy Cross (Abanilla - Murcia)
This is a monumental sculpture of the patron saint of Abanilla, who welcomes us at the entrance of the municipality. It was sculpted and modelled by the artist Juan Francisco Gómez de Albacete in 2004.

It has a proportion of 11 meters high and 6 meters wide and represents the cultural value and importance of the celebrations held in late April and early May in honour of the patron saint.

Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Abanilla - Murcia)
The Monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus stands in the “Lugar Alto”, next to the remains of the Abanilla Castle, a location where it has been situated since 1946. It is a work by the Murcian artists Nicolas and Anastasio Martinez.

It is a 4-meter sculpture placed on a 7-meter pedestal.

It has access stairs from the Town Hall Square.

Main Street Fountain

This work was begun in 1880 after the old fountain dried up in 1792.

It has a contemporary style and is decorated with striking tiles painted by the artisan Lorquino Lario, which represent the typical moments of people in pilgrimage remembering the patron saint and the activity of esparto as the economic engine of the population, extinct in the 60s.
Its waters, whose composition is rich in sulphurous salts, are of thermal origin and tempered to twenty degrees; currently, they are not drinkable, so they are not suitable for human consumption.

Monument to the Moor and the Christian

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Monument to the Moor and the Christian (Abanilla - Murcia)
This is a monument carved in stone in 2005 by the artist and mayor of the town, Cayetano Ramírez. It is located in La Purísima Square, in recognition of the Moors and Christians festivities, declared of regional tourist interest, which have been celebrated on May 1 of each year since the second half of the 16th century.

Hundreds of people from the surrounding area gather, particularly young people, participating in the Great Parade of Kábilas and Mesnadas walking through the streets of Abanilla.
In this event, the twenty-eight participating groups of the Moorish and Christian side are wasting joy during the tour.

Saint Paschal Hermitage

Saint Paschal Hermitage (Abanilla - Murcia)
This was built in the 1950s by a private initiative and later donated to the parish by order of Pascuala Riquelme Marco. It has a fairly simple style, with a single nave, without decorative elements on the outside.

However, we find on the edges of the façade some corrugated rectangles on both sides, from bottom to top. It has a wide door in front and a lamppost in the upper part. The bell tower in the centre of it is in the central part of the building.

Holy Cross Hermitage

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Holy Cross Hermitage (Mahoya - Abanilla - Murcia)
This was built in the 20th century (1904-1908), reusing materials from a previous hermitage that was almost in ruins and built in the 18th century, in the Llano de Mahoya, near the Pinoso road. It is a low-dimensional building, with a simple-looking exterior.

It is made of masonry with an ashlar base and has a rectangular floor plan, with a single nave and thin slab floor. It is the place of celebration of the appearance of the Holy Cross, which takes place every May 3 and September 1 through a pilgrimage and Mass.

Saint Anne Hermitage

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Saint Anne Hermitage (Abanilla - Murcia)
It is presumed that the original hermitage was completed in 1604, possibly in the place of an orchard. However, the one that we have news of, in its current location, dates from the late 16th century and is an enclosure that was converted into a hermitage. By the 18th century, its current location was confirmed. This enclosure boasts a modern but simple style, with pleasant colours.

It is dedicated to Saint Anne and on July 26 of each year, a liturgical Mass is held in her honour, in which the inhabitants move to organize the procession around the hermitage.

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