This Ancient Church and Its Bell Tower are Notable Landmarks of La Alberca
The Parish Church of Our Lady of the Assumption is seen here on a collectible magnet from Worldwide Gifts, and represents one of the most sacred places in the La Alberca community. The magnet is a great souvenir from Spain, and its image is a simple reminder of an earlier time and a spiritual place. Visitors to La Alberca make a point of traveling the winding road out of the town into the surrounding hillside in order to pay homage to the Blessed Christ of the Sweat.
The current church building was built in the 18th century, but the church's clock tower was actually built over two hundred years before the church itself. It is recorded in the annals of the town's history that in order to make the bell for the tower, in the year 1520, the members of the local village gave up their rings and other silver jewelry to be smelted down and formed into the bell that still hangs in the tower in modern times. The Parish Church in La Alberca is also known for its massive polychrome granite pulpit that was made in the 16th century.
An Interesting Place to Wander About and Explore
With an atmosphere that causes visitors to feel as if they've stepped back in time to the medieval ages, the village of La Alberca is a much more relaxing and slow-paced destination than some of the larger tourist cities in the area. However, it is well worth the effort of traveling along winding country roads in order to discover this charming little town and its lovely church.
You can have a great lunch in the village plaza, and browse through a few stalls where local craftsmen display their wares.