Santa Cristina's Shrine

Ermita de Santa Cristina Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

The earliest records of this church date back to 1376. The current building was constructed at the end of the 18th century in a neoclassical style. The lavish marble main altar was made in Italy. It houses an interesting collection of ex-votos and miniature ships.

During Lloret de Mar’s Main Festival (Santa Cristina’s Day, 24th July), the Fishermen’s Brotherhood holds a lunch under the “Centenary Pine”, where a typical stew is eaten.


Santa Cristina has its own character. The work was paid for by all the people of Lloret. Some of them gave considerable sums and the fishing boat skippers handed over a considerable share of their profits. Even those who, because of their poverty, could not contribute to the works with money, gave their personal labour on their days off. The point where all these people met was the Plaça de l'Església and, from there, they went to Santa Cristina de Vall-Arnau, where they heard Mass in the old hermitage standing on the building site, as the old hermitage could not be demolished before the new one was ready.

As for architectural style, Greco-Roman predominates. The most important feature from an artistic point of view is the main altar, in marble of different colours. The altarpiece is a large painting by an unknown author of the Tuscan school, representing the death of Saint Christina, pierced with arrows before the governor Julian. In the nave and the sacristy can be seen a collection of offerings consisting of miniature ships, offered to the saint by sailors. The most famous are the "Sebastià Gumà", which won a silver medal on Cuba, a 62-gun ship, and a small, delicately made, ivory ship, all from the 18th century. Devotion to Saint Christina also moved the town to acquire three of the most important relics of the Saint over the centuries: her skull, a rib and a femur. The rib and the femur disappeared due to the Revolt of 1936. The skull and a small bone, a relic transported in a maritime procession every year for the Festival of Saint Cristina, are preserved.

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