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Puig de Bonany

Some 2.5 km from Petra and at a height of 317mt on the Puig de Bonany with impressive views of the plain Thereabouts stands the small Ermita de Nostra Senyora de Bonany. The church dates back to 1604, when a priest from the neighbouring village of Petra had the first chapel built, legend says that only a few years after it was built, during a long period of drought in 1609, the faithful prayed to a glorious effigy of the Madonna (Maria) dating back to the 8th century, This effigy had been hidden over many years from the invading moors. The worship of the Maria was a success and so the story goes she let it rain heavily, which in its turn resulted in a bountiful harvest for that year or "bon any" as the locals would say, thereby giving name to the Sanctuary. This story can be seen displayed on ceramic tiles at the entrance.

The original building was demolished in 1919 and the new building originates from 1925. On the Tuesday following Easter, the faithful from the surrounding villages make a pilgrimage to the chapel to worship the Madonna.

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