The Virgin of El Rocío (also known as Madonna of El Rocío or Our Lady of El Rocío, Spanish: Virgen del Rocío, Nuestra Señora del Rocío; also, formerly, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios or Santa María de las Rocinas is a small carved wooden statue of the Virgin and Child, of which the only carved parts are the face, hands, and the Christ child, which is venerated at the Hermitage of El Rocío (Almonte, Province of Huelva, Spain). The associated annual procession/pilgrimage, known as the Romería de El Rocío, draws roughly a million people each year.Although the present Hermitage of El Rocío dates only from the second half of the 20th century,there has been a hermitage on this site since the late 13th (or possibly early 14th) century. The statue of Our Lady of El Rocío certainly dates back to the first of these hermitages, though its precise date and origin are a matter of some controversy; the statue predates its garments.The Virgin was declared the patron saint of Almonte 29 June 1653, and received Canonical Coronation in 1919. Pope John Paul II visited El Rocío and the Virgin 14 June 1993.

Eloy Mula Santuario de la Cinta

Photo Eloy Mula
(double click photo to enlarge)

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4 Responses to INTERNATIONAL WEEK (Huelva Spain)

  1. Jesse says:

    Silverstein Wee … oh ok International Week, alright this photos is very impressive, I guess International Week it is 🙂

  2. Barb Estinson says:

    The information is interesting and the picture is too!!!

    • Sandy says:

      The father of the foreign student from Spain that is living with Lynn took the picture. I had never heard of it but it is a big place for people to make a pilgrimage to.

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