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Hermitage of Santo Cristo

Inside a hexagonal chapel, under a cracked dome decorated with flowers, a total of 21 sinister-looking beings with wings and sharp teeth adorn the rickety walls. All of them wear an odd conical hat colored a striking red that stands out from the muted browns of the rest of the image. And they are not the only strange characters represented at this old abandoned hermitage.

The Santo Cristo Hermitage in Talaván, a village near Cáceres, has a unique architectural style with its unusual shape and a rare pyramid crowning the little church. But it’s the inside where you’ll find the oddest peculiarities of this place. Surrounding the dome in the main chapel are the winged beings, created using the sgraffito technique, whose images are far from the ordinary depiction of angels. Below these figures appears a date: March 15, 1628.


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