El Cristo Chapel

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At the very end of Cristo street is a very small chapel called “La Capilla del Cristo”.  In colonial times, horse races were held on Cristo street starting at the top of the hill and ending close to Fortaleza Street.  Legend has it that a young horseman plunged over the city wall horse and all.  As he descended into the precipice he elevated a prayer to a Catholic saint asking him to spare his life.

As it turns out, the young man lived and the horse died.  The Catholic Church built the small chapel to commemorate the event and to avoid similar incidents in the future.  The chapel has two large iron gates that are frequently closed.  With a little luck you’ll catch them open and enjoy the chapel’s beautiful gold and silver interior decorations.

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