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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Capilla de Cristo & Parque de Las Palomas

Cristo Chapel was built to commemorate what legend says was a miracle. In 1753 a young rider lost control of his horse in a race down this very street during the fiesta of St. John's Day and plunged over the precipice. Moved by the accident, the secretary of the city, Don Mateo Pratts, invoked Christ to save the youth, and he had the chapel built when his prayers were answered. Today it's a landmark in the old city and one of its best-known historical monuments. The chapel's gold and silver altar can be seen through its glass doors. Because the chapel is open only 2 days a week, most visitors have to settle for a view of its exterior.

The Parque de las Palomas (pigeon park) is located at the top of the city wall, this park overlooks the restored La Princesa Jail, now a government office with an attractive art gallery. The park is the perfect spot from which to enjoy a magnificent view of the harbor, city and mountains.

D is actually very happy. She wanted to catch one to keep.

Where the doves sleep.

Looking down over the park wall.
After the fray: Argh! Ahoy there, mateys!


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