Hermitage of Santa Ana (Xàtiva)

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Coordinates: 39°1′52.2″N 0°31′54.83″W / 39.031167°N 0.5318972°W / 39.031167; -0.5318972 The Hermitage of Santa Anna is a religious building located in the surroundings of Xàtiva (València), Spain, built in the 15th century.

To arrive to the hermitage is necessary to cross the neighboring town of La Llosa de Ranes and to take the way of the Baños that ascends to the territorial part belonging to the municipality of Xàtiva, located in the peak of a conical mount. From this summit the countrysides of Xàtiva, the own city and their castles are sighted and a little bit to the south, the mountains of Mariola, Aitana and Benicadell. At the north, the whole riverside of Xúquer, and, of weighing to west, from Mediterranean to the frontier of Castile.


It's the most modern building in Xativa of the three conserved buildings of crucería vault, and the only one without any ogival arch. The hermitage is of gothic-flamenco style and it was built by the middle of the 15th century. Later it was added a high choir of starry vault of edge, on a robust arch carpanel. This work was made to expenses of Rodrigo Borgia, judging by the shield of one of the keys stamped with apostolic prothonotary's distinguishing characteristics, ecclesiastical dignity that showed that would be under the pontificate of the Pope Alexander VI.

The building is of rectangular plant, with buttresses and semicircular door of flat dovelas. The ship has three you cracked with vaults nervadas separated by arches torales and it finishes off in flat testero to the exterior and polygonal in the interior. This artifice, thought to confer wealth to the presbytery, is gotten by means of the placement of some trumpets in the angles that transform the head into a false apse. The nerves of the arches rest to half height it has more than enough cantilevers that are flat in the ship and esculturados in the apse. The choir was not reconstructed in the recent restoration by not belonging to the original factory.

They are remains of the stables and of the door that gave access to the enclosure, but most of the annexed constructions have disappeared, as the hermit's house, the hostelry, the stairway of the choir, as well as the walls and the roofs of the porch.

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