VAQUERO HERMITAGE

In Caleros Street, adjacent to the wall, stands this hermitage built in the 17th century on a plot where once stood the house of Gil Cordero, a highwayman who, according to legend, was confronted by the Guadalupe Virgen. This is a simple construtcion in Baroque style. The main entrance with ornamental lintel has a vaulted niche which houses the image of the Guadalupe Virgin and is finished off with a simple belfry. The interior, a nave divided in two flights covered by a barrel vault and main altar, is in Baroque style and was constructed midway through the 17th century by local architect, Juan Bravo.

This is one of the oldest streets in the city and follows a route used when the city started to expand towards the outside of its fortified enclosure. Its name is in reference to the 40-odd lime kilns which once occupied the site. During the Middle Ages, the liming guild was one of the most important and influential - the excellent lime deposits found in the area known as El Calerizo, made liming one of the most important industries in the history of the city.