Church of Our Lady of Loreto Javea
The Iglesia de Nuestra Senora do Loreto translates as Church of our Lady of Loreto and is found in the port area of Javea, if you look up from the end of the port area its pretty easy to spot nestled in the narrow back-streets of the port district, in the neighbourhood of Duanes de la Mar.
You can immediately see that it does not match its surroundings in any way, and perhaps you would normally find such a structure in the trendier parts of Barcelona, as sharp curved angles reach high into the air displaying the bare concrete construction.
The structure was completed in 1967 and is considered to be a prime example religious avant-garde architectural design. The concept was the brainchild of a group of architects Herrero Cuesta, Dexeus Beatty, Garcia Ordonez and Bellot Port, the engineering was overseen by Gómez Perreta.
For a small footprint the interior of the structure seems to be relatively huge as the design was intended to offer a feeling of open space. The floor and walls shaping is a very unusual oval concept. Although constructed from a basic mix of concrete and steel framing the impression on the inside is one of a warm and welcoming church
The flooring is also unusual in that it is intended to resemble the keel of a ship, this is constructed in a very attractive red pine. There are no corners to the rooms, with curves smoothing away any straight angles. A lot of light streams through the plentiful but small windows which have the intention of giving the impression of a calming and spiritual room.
The seemingly random dozen concrete beams which support the whole structure are intended to each represent one of the 12 apostles.
The church is open to the public every day from 9am until 9pm in the summer and until 8pm during the winter. I am not a religious person, but this is an interesting building, so if you find yourself in the port area the church is easy to spot and well worth a few minutes of your time.