Catholic Chuch of Our Lady of Hope

Pintor Colom, 5, 17248 S'Agaró, Girona, Spain.

“Nostra Senyora de l´Esperança de S’Agaró” is a private and roman catholic church cataloged as a protected monument with the rank of cultural asset of local interest. It is the work of the architect Francesc Folguera and was built between 1941 and 1943. It is a delicately neo-baroque church of an accused picturesque style, that intends to connect with the popular tradition of the hermitages and sanctuaries of the seaside, and at the same time agree with the predominant style in S’Agaró. The author incorporated a baroque cover and gothic elements from the convent of Sant Francesc de Girona. The facade is of great simplicity. It is accessed by a stair flanked by cypresses. It is presided over by an ornamental stone set that includes the cover framed with terraced pillars, scrolls, shells and floral elements, an empty niche and a circular rose window with ornamental elements. The ornamental repertoire is characteristic of the eighteenth century. The upper part of the facade, on the triangular pediment, is finished with a wall bell tower. On the facade, a tombstone with inscription reminds us that it was promoted by Josep Ensesa i Gubert (1892-1980) and that was consecrated to worship on 1942.

The urbanization of S’Agaró was started in 1924 by the industrialist Josep Ensesa i Gubert in collaboration with the architect Rafael Masó i Valentí. The name comes of a nearby stream (Seguraó or Sagaró). The first house was “Senya Blanca” built in 1924, but the real great constructive impulse did not take place until 1928 with works such as “Casa de Masó” (1928), “Casa Cibils” (1929) and “Hostal de la Gavina (1924-34). At the death of Mr. Masó, in 1935, Francesc Folguera i Grassi was in charge of the urbanization, who made numerous works, in addition to this church: round roads, baths, the final disposal of the hostel, loggia of Senya Blanca, etc. When he died in 1960, Adolf Florensa, replaced him. In S´Agaró, the urbanism of the high bourgeoisie was created with a strong autochthonous and nineteenth century roots.

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