The “Ermita del Remei” a hidden treasure
The “Ermita del Remei” is a hermitage located in the “Glorieta valley”, about three kilometers from the town of Alcover (Alt Camp). The Hermitage is a work of great importance, since it is even protected as a cultural asset of local interest.
Located 18 minutes by car from Tarragona and 1 hour from Barcelona, Alcover and its hermitage are perfect locations to go on an excursion, since they will make you relax and spend a quiet and fun day.
If you want to spend a day of disconnection and then sleep in the area, you cannot miss Fèlix Hotel.
The origins of the hermitage are not clear, since there is no documentation that exactly dates the origins of it. Even so, it seems that originally there was a small chapel dedicated to Sant Antonio, where there was the image of the Virgen del Remei.
The current building was built in 1761 by an agreement taken by the residents and the Alcover City Council. Elements of the previous construction, such as the bell, were used to create the current hermitage. This was finished in 1772 and was blessed in 1779 by the rector Joan Rimbau.
Currently, the house of the hermitage has been enabled as a house for children camps and a restaurant, making the most of this work.
The hermitage is a baroque and rococo architectural style building that stands out for its centralized plan covered by a large spherical dome with a rectangular apse. On the façade, we find a niche with the image of Sant Antonio and a molded octagonal rose window.
If we look closely, at the top we find the date of 1769, the date on which the Hermitage that we know today was still under construction. In a second upper relay, there is also the date of 1772, the date on which the work was finally finished, this date occupies a large part of the upper body of the facade.
If we look at the photograph, we see the interior of the hermitage. The interior of it is a nave with a single short section that corresponds to the heart. In this area there is an interesting wrought iron work on the vanes and the interior structure is not clearly reflected to the outside, but rather presents a continuous wall that defines a rectangular perimeter.
What to see in the town of Alcover?
In addition to the Hermitage of Remei, if you visit Alcover, you cannot go without visiting the «Niu de l’Àliga«, even so, if you want to bathe in it, we recommend doing it in summer, since the water is quite cold even in that season. This is an ideal place to go on an excursion and to disconnect surrounded by nature.
Nor can you miss the Alcover Museum, founded in 1967, the visit lasts approximately one hour. Even so, you can adapt it to the time you want. “La casa museu de la mel” is a visit that you cannot miss either, since it will surprise you a lot.
Finally, we recommend walking through the beautiful streets of the municipality and observing the different churches such as the “Iglesia de la Purísima Sangre” or the “Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción”.
Where to stay neat the “Ermita del Remei”?
Just 16 minutes by car from the hermitage, we find Fèlix Hotel, our Hotel in Tarragona, located in Valls. A hotel that will make your stay perfect.
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