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Patron of Alcoy

The devotion to `San Jorge´ would reach Alcoy in 1245 with its reconquest for the Christian world and the repopulation by the king James I.

In the Reconquest `Sant Jordi, firam firam´ was the war cry of the ancient Crown of Aragon and the Kingdoms which compose it. The devotion and the cult to the Saint were very spread out in his territory since 1096 after his participation in the Alcoraz battle which caused the conquest of Huesca. So, when the moor leader Al-Azraq, ancient lord of the `Vall d´Alcalà´, expatriated to Granada after his rebellion in 1258, tried to recuperate his territories and attacked Alcoy in the spring 1276, it is a tradition the defence made by the `alcoyanos´ with Mossén Torregrossa invoking the Divine protection and the celestial intercession of `San Jorge´ who the Saracen knew as `Wali´, who riding a white horse went through the rampart routing Al-Azraq´s army who died in the battle.

 

According to the tradition, `San Jorge´ was acclaimed Patron of Alcoy as a result of that historical battle and the `alcoyanos´ promised to set up a temple and keep his festivity annually.

There was already a hermitage at the beginning of XlV century, which suffered several restorations and reconstructions up to the present-day temple blessed in 1921.

The Saint Patron´s day, this is 23rd April, has been kept as a local obligation from time immemorial, celebrating religious and profane cults and duties in his honour.

Several typical acts of a popular, amusing festivity were added to the patronal religious festivity in the course of the time and from XVl and XVll centuries the soldierly duty was added too, whose evolution would lead into the Moor and Christian Festivity which came out with their own characteristics in the first half of the XVll century, strenghthening itself from 1741 until now as a Trilogy.

 

 

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