Ermita del Cristo de la Vega

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Ermita del Cristo de la Vega
Ermita del Cristo de la Vega

The Ermita del Cristo de la Vega is an hermitage located in Toledo (Castile-La Mancha, Spain) It is built on the remains of the Visigoth Basílica de Santa Leocadia, built in the 7th-century where the apse is preserved,[1] the rest was destroyed in the Spanish War of Independence.[2] Between 1816-1826, it rebuilt the building and the new image of the Christ, dating from its present structure, and since then has been used as a hermitage under the invocation of the Cristo de la Vega.[3]

It is located in Vega Baja de Toledo, in the old cemetery area of the city.

During the Visigothic period, was held in the interior "the Councils", ecclesiastical assemblies of bishops who called regularly to legislate or deliberate on religious matters.[4]

The presbytery is watched over by a sculpture of Christ with one hand free of the crucifixion nails, hero of the famous legend recorded by Zorrilla as "A good judge, a better witness".

In its vicinity were buried the remains of Saint Idelfonsus, Saint Leocadia and Saint Eugenius and later were moved.[5]