In previous publications, we made the interesting proposal to combine the relaxing days on the beaches in Peníscola with the great cultural and historical attraction of the city of Morella.
This time we will focus on a coastal town filled with cultural and historic value, that should not go unseen.
Located at the most extreme north of the coast of the Valencian Community, the city of Vinaros boarders directly with the localities of Ulldecona and Alcanar, both pertaining to the Province of Tarragona.
1- The Master house of Giner de Vinaros
Located in the heart of the city center, the Master House was built in 1914 as a commercial location for the emblematic Giner de Vinarós family, who were very popular in the city.
Reflecting a great cultural diversity, its striking and colorful facade shows a recharged style that represents the most liberal bourgeois characteristic from the beginning of the last century.
On two floors a large store was built, which still maintains an excellent state of preservation, with impeccable handrails faithful to the time, and with furniture that has hardly suffered the passage of its hundred years.
At this time, part of the Ginar de Vinarós Master House is used as a point of sale for a well-known fashion brand.
2- The Membrillera House
Photo cortesy of Fundació Caixa Vinaròs
Here we you can find a brilliant construction of the seventeenth century, known by all as the Membrillera House or the House of the Colonels.
Through its elegant ground floor, you find what was formerly a popular courtyard of carriages, preserved today in excellent condition.
Its façade also is brilliantly conserved, in which you can see an attractive four-story building with many rooms, with its spacious lounges, elegant kitchens and cozy bedrooms. It also includes a picturesque loft located next to what is known as the roof of the House of the Colonels.
In addition, it has a peculiar dome in which has a telescope installed, that allows the best astronomical observation from the city of Vinaros.
3- Archpriestal Church of La Asunción
Photo courtesy of Regidoria Turisme Vinaròs
Of purely French authorship, a central nave and a series of side chapels are what constitute this spectacular fortified church.
With a striking fusion between the Renaissance and the Baroque, this interesting church fulfilled an ambiguous function, as a temple and an old fortress.
Its construction was carried out in the seventeenth century, beginning with the main tower and continuing with the classic Communion Chapel, which was a compartment attached to the church
Its striking bell tower was one of the most emblematic parts of the church, which was primarily built for defense purposes.
The main reason for which these attributions were given, was due to the conflictive situation that was taking place at the time by the Catalan Revolution under Philip II. This marked a tense situation by which it was decided to fortify the church, equipping it with sufficient artillery pieces making it possible to be able to respond in case of a warlike conflicts.
4- The Hermitage of Mercy
Photo courtesy of Regidoria Turisme Vinaròs
A small distance from the town center of Vinaros, you can find this attractive pictorial construction dating back to the 15th century. It is traditional to venerate the Mother of Christ and Saint Sebastián.
This is also known as the Ermita de San Sebastián, which enjoys an authentic cultural attraction in which architectural art meets with this extreme visual beauty. It has undergone great changes throughout the last six centuries, but remained in an excellent state of conservation.
This is an authentic sanctuary composed of several buildings: the temple, the porticoes stables, its elegant lodge and what is known as the Hermits house.
As for the privileged natural environment, its huge groves and its spectacular views, to the natural sights such as the Delta of the Ebro, even to the Columbaries Islands. The Hermita of Mercy of Vinarós is the fruit of an enormous religious tradition which consists in organizing a pilgrimage that begins its ascent from the archpriest church, with the purpose of venerating San Sebastian on its historic day.
5- Chapel of Saint Victoria
This is a construction that combines the baroque and rococo styles and can today be considered a true survivor of the old church of the Bishop St. Augustine, which is now the Municipal Auditorium of Vinarós.
The chapel of Santa Victoria de Vinarós was built between the 17th and 18th centuries to house the body of Saint Victoria, much venerated in the city of Castellon. For this reason, the body was moved from Italy to Vinarós at the end of the 18th century.
The Chapel of Santa Victoria is comprised of a unique building, of a double Greek cross, that in turn is covered by a dome and a spherical cap.
This is where we conclude the first publication on Vinaros, in which we have offered you 5 very interesting options.
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