OLIVENZA Paso de la Plaza de Santa María


These small altars are stations of the Via Sacra, located in some of the streets of Olivenza. They are related to the Domingo de Pasos (Passion Sunday), when the image of the Saint Patron of Olivenza, the Señor de los Pasos (the Nazarene who is venerated in Santa María Magdalena), is carried in a procession along the road to the Calvary. They are the last vestiges of the Portuguese heritage of the city and its Holy Week. The age and creator of these small chapels is unknown, although due to their external shape they could date back to the 18th Century.


It has been enriched with the paneling of its inside with modern tiles depicting the Biblical scene in which Saint Veronica wipes Jesus’ face. The tiles, signed by the artist Ricardo Roque, were made in 1991 in Caldas da Rainha.