13 Jul ERMITA DE SAN ROQUE
A punishment, a lesson, or a divine call, no one knows. A plague invaded Cartagena in the mid-seventeenth century ending with almost half of its population. Hundreds of dead were thrown into a pit in the architectural cemetery of Manga, the few hospitals did not give vast with the innumerable patients.
Prayers were raised to heaven, a promise the municipal council made to San Roque who, being a pilgrim and exercising charity with the plague victims, infected himself: «Retired to a mountain, already dying, a dog begins to take bread and miraculously water gushes out from the soil to quench your thirst, which lengthens your life. An angel appears who heals the wound».
At that time, when the plagues appeared on the continent it was presaged to place hermitages in the different entrances of the towns and cities, so that, the saints would protect the people from the epidemics that might come. The same was thought with the Hermitage of San Roque.
It is located in the Getsemaní neighborhood. Its construction began in 1652 and next to it, a hospital so that with the help of the Christian faith the epidemic will cease, perhaps its construction is little detailed and less decorous as the rest of the churches of the city, however this hermitage with a primitive architecture from Colonial time manages to bring the charm of medieval eras. What is worth is not the exterior beauty but the historical one.