What to see in Alicante
The Hermitage of the Holy Cross is an old sanctuary built during the reign of Charles IV, but its current construction is much more recent. It was rebuilt in 1830 and in its beginnings, between the 18th and 19th centuries, the Carmelite friars installed in the old hermitage a school of first letters.
Like many other ancient hermitages, it has a quite austere architectural design, with a single nave and small chapels on its sides that guard the Christ of Medinaceli, the Descent and the Virgin of Sorrows, that is, three of the four steps belonging to the Brotherhood of the Holy Cross. It is worth noting its three bays with a barrel vault and a carpanel arch guideline.
It has a sober lateral façade containing a lintelled access door with pilasters resting on pedestals and a Doric-style entablature. In its upper part is also a small gallery with openings of a semicircular arch together with a continuous balustrade that finishes off the building and that, in turn, is interrupted by a small belfry with a single bell.
It should be noted that in 1945, Francisco Giner, the parish priest of the Co-Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, announced the restoration of the hermitage. It became a real success because it was one of the most beloved and popular temples in Alicante.
Right next to the hermitage we find a viewpoint from where we have spectacular panoramic views of the city of Alicante.Currently, the Hermitage of the Holy Cross is one of the greatest liturgical attractions in the city, especially during the Holy Week festivities. From there, some of the processions begin.