On the second Sunday of the year, El Traginer Festival, one of the most traditional festivals in the municipality, is celebrated in the hermitage of les Alegries in Lloret de Mar. During this celebration, a chocolate, children's games, a mass for the dead, popular sardanas and a representation of the legend of El Traginer are usually organized.
The "traginers" ("muleteers" in English) were the people who worked transporting goods such as heather, firewood, coal, cloth or food, among others, using beasts of burden such as horses, donkeys, mules or oxen. For many years they made possible the exchange of both merchandise and information between farmhouses, towns and cities.
In 2021, the Alegries neighborhood suspended the Traginer Festival due to the pandemic, although it celebrated a mass in honor of the deceased of the town officiated by Father Martirià Brugada.
According to legend, at the beginning of the 18th century, when the current Sanctuary of les Alegries had ceased to be the parish church of Sant Romà at least two hundred years ago, a muleteer from Lloret de Mar returned from work with his horse and his cart passed by the hermitage of les Alegries and saw that there was mass. He entered and gazed at a crowd of people he did not recognize dressed entirely in white.
When he came to town and told it, no one believed him. When they went to check it out, they found the hermitage empty and the candles still warm. Everyone thought that it had been a mass attended by the souls of Lloret de Mar from past centuries who were resting in a nearby cemetery. For this reason, every year at the beginning of January an offertory service is celebrated for the deceased.
Mare de Déu de les Alegries’ hermitage is the third oldest hermitage in Lloret de Mar, after Sant Quirze’s hermitage and the first parish of Sant Romà.
From the Romanesque period, the lower part of the bell tower is preserved up to the first level of windows and a recent restoration has highlighted the Romanesque façade and side walls.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a reform was carried out, financed by the brothers Narcís and Joan Gelats, which modified the façade, the entrance door and the interior of the hermitage, with six paintings by the Malaga’ painter Rafael Martínez Padilla. A second level with a double window was also added to the bell tower and later the roof was built with Lombard arches.
This hermitage opens to the public on few occasions: on its Fiesta Mayor, which is celebrated on September 8; during the Flower Festival, held during the month of May, and during El Traginer Festival, which takes place on the first Sunday after Three Kings.
In the 11th century, Sicardis de Montsoriu, a Catalan noblewoman from the early Middle Ages with the title of Lady of Lloret de Mar, promoted and facilitated the construction of the church of Sant Romà, now the hermitage of les Alegries.
The hermitage was consecrated on January 8, 1079 by the bishop of Gerona Berenguer Wifred, becoming the first place that served as a parish after the separation of Lloret de Mar from the municipality of Maçanet de la Selva.
It is not surprising that the first parish was so far from the current urban nucleus of Lloret de Mar, since at that time the town was a scattering of peasant houses located in the interior area. Gradually a small population nucleus began to form around the castle of Sant Joan in Lloret de Mar, which took on the demographic weight with respect to the set of scattered farmhouses.
At the beginning of the 16th century, a new parish church was built within that urban nucleus, the works of which ended in 1522, and the parish of the hermitage of les Alegries was moved to its current location. Once the parish had been moved, the hermitage received different names, such as “Old Church” or “Ancient Virgin Mary”, until the 18th century when it was consecrated with its current name.
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