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Benamocarra (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Benamocarra - Image by Blas Delgado & Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 16 October 2005

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Presentation of Benamocarra

The municipality of Benamocarra (2,999 inhabitants in 2016, 600 ha) is located 5 km from Vélez-Málaga and 40 km from Málaga.

One of the legends of the town concerns its patron saint, the Cristo de la Salud, whose image as the Cristo de Torre del Mar, it is said, saved the people of Benamocarra from a fatal cholera epidemic. It happened at the beginning of the 19th century when cholera broke out in the region. It soon spread to Benamocarra, and helpless in the face of such potential tragedy, the people of the place turned to the Cristo de Torre del Mar and carried the image to the town itself. When they tried to brought it back to its place of origin, they discovered it got heavier as it was carried further, which is not in itself unusual, but on being brought back towards the town, it got lighter. This was interpreted as a sign that the image wished to remain in the town.

Ivan Sache & Blas Delgado, 16 September 2016