PROVINCE OF TOLEDO – Do you love modernist architecture and want to discover a special place? Then visit the Chapel of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pastores in Huerta de Valdecarábanos, a charming village near Madrid.
This hidden gem, which evokes associations with the world-famous Sagrada Familia Familia in Barcelona, was designed by Jesús Carrasco-Muñoz, a disciple of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Inaugurated in 1910, the chapel is a jewel of modernist architecture.
While the world-famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is still under construction, this small chapel is also a wonderful example of the modernist style. But there is more than just modernism to see in this special place. Elements of other styles, such as Gothic and Romanesque architecture, can also be found in this unusual building.
When you enter the chapel you are welcomed by a rectangular plan with a single nave divided by five arches. The altar and sanctuary of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pastores are at the end of the nave, while on the other side is the resting place of those who had the chapel built.
But it’s not just the architectural details that make this chapel so special. The exterior also attracts attention with its imposing height. The friezes, decorated with beautiful vegetative motifs and medallions with reliefs of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, are a feast for the eyes.
Another highlight of this chapel is the beautiful stained glass windows. With shades of blue, amber, red and pink, they show the clear influence of the French glass artist Jules Maumejean. His workshop was also involved in the restoration of the stained glass windows of the famous cathedral of Burgos.
Huerta de Valdecarábanos is located about 100 kilometres southwest of Madrid in a rural area. The village, whose inhabitants mainly live from activities related to agriculture, has a small historic centre with narrow streets and traditional houses.