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Ermita de Sant Joan de la Cometa

The chapel of Sant Joan is located about four kilometres northwest of Calp, in the area of La Cometa.

According to the façade of the building, it seems that it was built in 1717 along with a fortified farmhouse that survived until 1747. From that moment on, the chapel remained standing on its own, with new constructions later added.

The chapel is narrow and elongated and consists of two floors, although the sanctuary occupies only the front part of the ground floor.

As for the façade, it has a tall window and is finished off with a mixtilenal cornice with ball ornaments in the corners. At the top is a belfry topped with a cross that houses a bell. The door, under a discharging arch, is rectangular and latticed.

The interior has simple whitewashed walls, in which a window makes an opening. A step raises the high altar, where the tiled altar is. On top of this altar there is an urn with the remains of a Sant Joanet: it was destroyed during the Civil War.

On the gable wall is another modern image of the young Saint John the Baptist (“Sant Joan Baptista Xiquet”) in a glazed niche.

As an interesting fact, Alberto Moreno presents the theory that the chapel had originally been a mosque and suggests a hypothetical relationship with regards to the masonry.

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