Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Today is St Mary the Crowned's Day -- so?

Jimena's St. Mary the Crowned
SAN ROQUE / JIMENA We are bad on saint's days - no, we're not good at knowing or remembering which saint is when. But we picked up an article to say that today, August 15, is Saint Mary the Crowned's Day, and celebrations were being held in San Roque at 8 tonight, with a procession of the saint, who will emerge from her church in one of the town's lovely squares, and yesterday saw the traditional offering of flowers to her image. The name rang a bell. Then we remembered that Jimena also had a church dedicated to Saint Mary the Crowned (Santa María la Coronada). But it no longer exists: the only remains are the bell tower (campanario) on the main square there, and some of the buildings to the West of it, which over the years have been incorporated into homes there. (An article on the history of the square is in preparation. Watch this space.)

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