Hermitage of Our Lady of Araceli

 

High on the hill that overlooks the city of Lucena is the Hermitage of Our Lady of Araceli, the patron saint of Lucena. Its address is Calzada, 16. The sculpture was brought from Rome by the Marques de Comares. The hermitage was constructed in the 18th century in a Baroque design. There is a magnificent view of the countryside from the hermitage, and one can see five provinces, namely Malaga, Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Jaen. On clear days one can see the Moroccan coastline. There is a pilgrimage bringing the statue of the Virgin down to the Church of San Mateo during spring, and it is returned to the Hermitage about a month later.