I’m going to the Hermitage of Sant Quirc Taüll.
The hermitage of Sant Quirc Taüll is a chapel isolated in the mountains, at a place called Pla de l’Ermita, the hamlet of Taüll, Pyrenees.
This hermitage is a small, rustic and isolated chapel, which is for peasants, shepherds and woodcutters.
This Hermitage of Sant Quirc is probably the most humble Romanesque building in the Boi Valley.
In Spain, the hermitage is a chapel, often rustic, isolated, which could actually be a hermitage and where the tradition is to make a pilgrimage the feast day of patron saint. This usage is still very alive and this holiday is an opportunity to maintain social bonds of community in the neighborhood.
Sant Quirc (Saint Quiricus)
Saint Julietta and her son Saint Quiricus (Qyriacus, Ciricus and Cyr) were martyred in AD 304 in Tarsus, according to Christian tradition.
According to legend, Julietta and her three-year old Cyricus had fled to Tarsus and were identified as Christians. Julietta was tortured, and her three-year-old son, being held by the governor of Tarsus, scratched the governor’s face and was killed by being thrown down by some stairs. Julietta did not weep but celebrated the fact that her son had earned the crown of martyrdom. In anger, the governor then decreed that Julietta’s sides should be ripped apart with hooks, and then she was beheaded. Her body, along with that of Cyricus, was flung outside the city, on the heap of bodies belonging to criminals, but the two maids rescued the corpses of the mother and child and buried them in a nearby field.
Pla de l’Ermita dominates a vast landscape that can see the top of the Boi valley.
I admired the scenic view from the hill. Then I descended from the hill and went to the Taüll village.