Hermitage of Virgen del Valle

The hermitage, built in the XVII Century, has undergone many renovations that have given it three naves, something quite unusual in these buildings. The dedication to the Virgin Mary prevailed over the former one to Saint Peter and Saint Felix. Inside we can admire the artistic tiles on the skirting boards and ironwork of Julio Pascual.

Its privileged location at the best vantage point in Toledo is the subject of some simple verses on ceramics by the famous craftsman from Talavera, Ruiz de Luna:

"[...] .Although I may seem small to you, I am large like a hermitage, as the Queen who lives in me has Toledo at her feet [...]"

The fiesta is always held on the first of May and enjoys extraordinary popularity, the Saint's Day marking the beginning of other fiestas that honour the Virgin Mary, but also meals in the country, among the rocks around la Peña del Moro, as well as the beginning of the passenger boat season. During the fiesta, the ring road is closed and entrance can only be made on foot, either over one of the bridges or crossing the river in a passenger boat and then walking up the Roman paved road.

The evening procession is one of the most difficult to carry out, because it covers very steep ground with major changes in height.

Young people normally spend the night in the open or in tents and girls who wish to be married ring the hermitage bell.

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