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Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Las Angustias
Location: Plaza Ermita
Nerja has a beautiful chapel called La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Las Angustias, which translates to the Hermitage of Our Lady of Anguish. The small chapel of the hermitage was built in 1720 and has one nave with a barrel vault with lunettes. There is a cupola over the high altar that is painted with a beautiful mural, attributed to an unknown painter of the Granada school, and has a theme of pentecost, painted at the start of the 18th century. The high altar is gilded and has a Neo-Baroque design, designed by Fernando Prini Betes and executed by Luis Sanchez in 1986. The statue of the Virgin Mary is shown in her dressing room. The pendentives have paintings of the four Evangelists with their symbols: St. John with the eagle, St. Matthew with the angel, St. Luke with the bull, and St. Mark with the lion.
The founder of the church was Bernarda Maria Alferez. She belonged to the prominent family Lopez de Alcantara from Granada. She and her son decided to build the church to honor the Virgen de las Angustias, on property her husband Luis Lopez de Alcantara owned. He owned the sugar factory called San Antonio Abad. Bernarda wanted to encourage the cult of the Patroness of Granada, the same Virgin. The family funded the church until their inheritors could no longer do so for economic reasons and the church went to the Malaga Cathedral and the City of Nerja. The Cofradia of the same name now has its seat in this church.