Ermita del Fraile today

Ermita del Fraile

After a tapas lunch in Rodalquilar we returned home via the mining route inland which takes you through Cortijo del Fraile.

Door to the ermita

The old Ermita, famous for being the scene of the crime of passion on which Federica Garcia Lorca based his play, Blood Wedding is in a sorry state.

Keep out

Last year we were able to explore the ruins but now they are fenced off.

Crumbling tower

The government wants the old ermita restored but insists that the owners of the cortijo pay for this which they are unwilling to do.

Round window

While the dispute continues the old building continues to decay and will surely soon collapse.

Facade against the sky

You can see the state of the building in these photos.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Ermita del Fraile today

  1. rondje says:

    That’s such a shame, beautiful place, but already deteriorating fast when I visited last year; by the way, also well known for being used in some Sergio Leone westerns!

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