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Plaza and Shrine to Santa Rosalia

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Plaza de Santa Rosalía is a large square in the neighbourhood known as “Barrio de la Ranas”.

Presiding over the Plaza de Santa Rosalía is a wrought-iron cross on a brick pedestal. This cross has stood in the square since time immemorial, and it can be considered the Gines’ “Wayside Cross”. 

The main building on the square is the Shrine to Santa Rosalía, one of the most iconic and historic buildings in Gines. A porch with three semi-circular arches, each aligned with the nave and two aisles of the shrine, stands covers the entrance that leads into this magnificent building.

On the roof above the right aisle is a bell gable with walls decorated with scrolls.

The main baroque-style altarpiece is simple. It houses the images of Saint Rosalia (18th century), Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Dominic. It is crowned with a bust of Saint Veronica.

The altarpieces with Saint Sebastian and Our Lady of El Rocío, respectively, are situated in the apses of the two aisles. The latter also holds the standard of the Confraternity of Our Lady of El Rocío.

An inscription in the right aisle explains the origin and architectural details of this shrine. It was built in 1723 at the initiative of Juan José del Castillo, who introduced the devotion to Saint Rosalia.

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