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Name: Santa Cristina hermitage (1376)
Direction: Santa Cristina Beach
Opening time: Open from July to August from Monday to Friday.
Guided tours from 17:00 pm to 19:00 pm.

Located 3.5 km from the centre of Lloret. The earliest reference to it dates back to 1376. The current temple, built at the end of the XVIII century, is neo-classical with an extraordinary marble altar made in Italy and an interesting collection of votive offerings and miniature ships. Under the «hundred year old pine tree» during the Fiesta Mayor (Festival of Santa Cristina on the 24th of July), all the fishermen hold their lunch of brotherhood where the typical dish estofat is served. Santa Cristina has its own personality. The work was paid for by the residents of Lloret, some contributing significant sums, while the fishing employers contributed a large part of their profits. Even those whose poverty prevented them from contributing to the work with money collaborated by helping with the work on holidays. The meeting point for all these townspeople was the Church Square; from there they would walk to Santa Cristina de Vall-Arnau where they would hear mass in the old hermitage which stood inside the confines of the hermitage under construction, since it was not permitted that the old hermitage be destroyed until the new one had been built.

Greco-Roman is the predominant architectural style. The most important aspect from an artistic point of view is the high altar of different coloured marble. The altarpiece is a large painting by an unknown author of the Tuscan school depicting the death of Saint Christine, shot with an arrow before the governor Julian. The nave and sacristy contain a collection of votive offerings consisting of miniature ships offered up to the Saint by mariners. The most famous of these are the «Sebastià Gumà», awarded a silver medal on the island of Cuba, a 62-cannon ship, and a small, delicately crafted ship in ivory, all from the XVIII century. Over the centuries, the devotion to Santa Cristina also moved residents to acquire three of the Saint’s most important relics: the skull, a rib and a femur. The rib and thighbone disappeared in the Uprising of 1936. The skull and a small bone have been preserved, the latter being paraded in a maritime procession during the Santa Cristina festivities each year.

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