The Church of Xilxes in deep: History, Arts and Tradition

The church of Xilxes is one of the most important heritage elements of the village. It is dedicated to La Asunción de Santa María. Its style is neoclassical, which original construction is still somehow preserved. The same architectural style is very common in other villages of the Valencian Region.  The present church is a baroc and neoclassical building which was built around end of XVII century.

Plaza España, Xilxes

Throughout the times, it experimented different renovation works. It is composed by one building with lateral chapels connected between them. Each chapel is dedicated to one of the saints honoured in Xilxes as Sant Vicent, la Vírgen de los Dolores, El cristo de la Junquera and Sant Roc among others.

There is a place for the chorus above the entrance. The nave (space between the series of archs) is covered by a barrel vault, supported by pilasters of Roman composite order. The transept (intersection of naves in the church)  is covered by a dome on an octagonal tambour, supported on pendentives. The cover is made of stone formed by two bodies. The lower one is flanked by Doric pilasters. The upper body is formed by a niche flanked by simple pilasters that support a triangular pediment. To the left of the facade stands the bell tower of square plan.

As for the interior decoration is mostly neoclassical style, with plenty of rockeries, flowerbeds, pendants and medallions. The altarpiece that presides over the main altar was built after the Civil War, imitating the Churrigueresque style (excessively ornate). The body is occupied by a niche where stands the image of the Virgin of the Assumption, flanked by pilasters and paired Solomonic columns. The altarpiece of the altar of the Cristo de la Junquera (christ of the bulrush) was built in the atelier of Domingo Llopis on 1959, in Valencia. It is constructed with wood of albar pine and covered with fine gold.

The main street hosts the hornacina with the image of the Cristo de la Junquera and the figures that represent the place of the discovery of the image on the 18th of January 1625. In the lateral streets there are canvases framed in rocks that represent scenes related with the image.

The church of Xilxes represents a very important part of the heritage. Local people visit the temple regularly. During festivities as Easter Holidays, Sant Vicent (April) or Cristo de La Junquera (September) there are masses, processions and other religion related events.

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