Sant Elm Hermitage

Av. Sant Elm, 12, 17220 San Felíu de Guixols, Girona, Spain.

According to a controversial legend, the impressive view of the coast from this promontory would have inspired the writer Ferran Agulló i Vidal to baptize the region as Costa Brava, how we know it today. The town hall of Sant Feliu erected a commemorative stone.

Sant Elm is an old hermitage in the city of Sant Feliu de Guíxols built on a fortification. It is a small chapel with a rectangular floor plan with a roof on two sides. It is a stone-built construction that combines the regular stone walls with the corners that reinforce the  angles and the polished stones that frame the openings, both windows and doors. The facade of great simplicity has a central door with some steps, chaired by two windows and a shield of Sant Feliu de Guíxols dating from 1724, on the upper part has a small circular opening. It also has a rectangular room with rounded polygonal walls, with a lower ceiling, on the right side of the facade, which is an extension of the nave, as well as a lateral corridor.

The fortification was built in 1203 a.c. The original chapel was built in 1452 and is dedicated to Saint Elm (in Latin Erasmus). In 1696, the French army destroyed the hermitage and the fortifications. The current chapel dates from 1723 when it was also dedicated to our Lady of the Good Trip. After the civil war, in 1943 a first restoration was made. The current aspect dates from the restoration of 1993.

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