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Monument of the Virgen del Sufragio

When you walk from the old town along the Poniente promenade towards La Cala de Finestrat you will certainly come across the small monument in honor of the Virgen del Sufragio. The monument is placed next to the promenade in the grass.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The legend of the Virgin tells that in 1740 the inhabitants of Benidorm were surprised by the arrival on their beaches of a ship, it stranded on the coast without a crew. The plague was believed to have caused the crew's disappearance, causing fear among the inhabitants of Benidorm.

The authorities decided to set the boat on fire without removing anything from it. When the flames were extinguished, the children looked for nails and other metal remnants between the ashes and found the intact and beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus in her arms. the statue was originally located on the stern of the ship.

Picture by Harry Fabel

The statue was safely stored in the church and the virgin was later declared the patron saint of the city. She now has her own chapel in the Iglesia de San Jaime y Santa Ana and is regularly carried around the city with a large festive parade. Many hundreds of years later she is still part of many festivities in Benidorm. So she also has a small monument at the place where the ship washed ashore.


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