Santuario de la Fuensanta

  • The Sanctuary is held inside an old medieval fortress from the 13th till 14th centuries, from which two towers are still preserved in the present structure.
  • Placed in ancient border lands -and also political instability- this sancturay is considered one of the oldest in the country, as it was a popular pilgrimage place in 1291.
  • It is made by 3 naves, the central one is the biggest. It was built in Gothic style, although it preserves some Romantic details.
  • Various religious orders occupied the temple throughout history: Carmelites, Basilians and Trinitarians since 1884.
  • It is the worship temple for Virgen de la Fuensanta, patron saint of the Four Villas: Villanueva del Arzobispo, Villacarrillo, Iznatoraf and Sorihuela del Guadalimar. On the 8th September she is taken out in romeria (a pilgrimage festivity).
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In the year 1396 Villanueva del Arzobispo splitted from Iznatoraf, becoming a complete independent Villa. La Moraleja - its previous name - held the Virgen de la Fuensanta’s Sanctuary, well known at the time as a pilgrimage place. The temple, built on site of a previous castle of which two towers remains, has been managed by different religious orders but the Trinitarians are the current residents. There is a very popular legend about the wife of Iznatoraf’s Arabic king.

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