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Shrine to Nuestra Señora de la Soledad

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The Shrine was built in the 17th century by the devotees of the namesake Confraternity. Renovations in the 18th century have given it its current appearance. The external buttresses that support the wall and its large size are worthy of note.

It has a single nave oriented to the east, with an apse covered by a dome with a cupola decorated with tiles. At the foot is the only entrance topped by a simple bell gable. To the right of the façade stands a cylindrical tower attached to the wall.

Its interior is austere with a nave covered with a barrel vault and a dome in the transept.
The –very recently modified- main altarpiece houses Our Lady of Solitude. This 17th-century bust is carried in procession by the Confraternity of the True Cross since the beginning of this century.

Two side altarpieces are also noteworthy. One is from the second half of the 18th century, with the image of the Christ of the True Cross, and the other, from the mid-20th century, with the titular images of the Confraternity of Our Father Jesus of the Great Power and Our Lady of Greatest Sorrow, both works by Manuel Pineda Calderón from Alcalá de Henares. 

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