Recovery and reconstruction

After the festivities of Sant Jordi de 1988, the new Board of Directors of the Confraternity of Sant Jordi, being President Francisco Belda Llópis, decides to rebuild the hermitage of Molí Sol, which years before had been dismantled stone by stone and which was deposited in the Old Cemetery.

Approved the reconstruction project drawn up by the architect Francisco Picó Silvestre, the works began and the preparations for the placement of the first stone began 8 January 1989.

The Confraternity Board did not want the work on the chapel to go unnoticed by the town, but that from the first moment he would take part in them and consider them as his own.

The day 21 February 1988 work began with the foundations.

For the construction of the hermitage, the Confraternity contacted the Escola Taller d'Alcoi (A.R.A.), with which he reached a quick understanding, starting the rebuilding task on the day 15 March.

The initial project was modified in order to add a small apse, with stone from the Pedrera area donated by José Ramón Ferre Silvestre"Rufo", Molí Sol and Font de l'Aljub.

The day 21 in May the reconstruction works had already reached the highest point, therefore in accordance with tradition, the flag of Sant Jordi was planted in the spade.

The bell of the Molí Sol hermitage, the year had disappeared 1936, so the Brotherhood ordered a new one from Tallers Manclús, de Valèncial which arrived in Banyeres on 20 August, and was exposed at the Altar of Sant Jordi, being blessed the 3 September 1989, in the Major Mass of the Relic, per l'Illustrissim. Sr. Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Valencia, Juan Perez Navarro, acting as godparents of the same Ricardo Pont Ferre de 91 years, older brother, and Lidia Sanchis Ferre, of 6 months, younger brother. She was definitely housed in the hermitage on 11 of March of 1990.

The artisanal part of the reconstruction was practically finished on 22 February, with the works of the vault, roof, sidewalks, etc.

The Sant Jordi festivities are over, the 26 d'abril, made by the Valencia company Vitroben, the stained glass windows of the apse are placed,; the one on the left, looking at them from inside the hermitage itself, it bears the coat of arms of Banyeres, below the Image of Sant Jordi "el Vellet", and then the shields of the five groups on the Christian side. The one on the right, it bears the coat of arms of the Festivities Committee, below the Image of Sant Jordi blessed in 1841 and that he presided over his Altar until July of 1936 , and then the five coats of arms of the Moorish troupes. The stained glass windows are made combining the technique of leaded and decorated glass, giving the interior a greater luminosity and warmth of the spiritual atmosphere.

On the sidewalk that surrounds the hermitage, six masts were placed on each side, to be able to raise the National flag and the 5 from the Christian side to the left, and that of the Valencian Community and the 5 from the Moorish side to the right, looking at the Ermita in front of the main facade.

The solemn blessing of the hermitage, and the inauguration of Sant Jordi Municipal Park took place on the day 5 May 1990, Sant Jordi's Ascension Day, at five in the evening. Blessed by the Archbishop of Valencia, Mr. Miguel Roca Cabanellas, who together with the Lord Mayor inaugurated the Municipal Park of Sant Jordi.

The next day, Sunday 6 May 1990, them 11,30 h., the first mass was celebrated in the hermitage, being concelebrated by Rector Ricardo Díaz de Rábago i Verdeguer, who blessed the altar and its Vicar Juan Antonio Agud Martínez.

The total cost of rebuilding the hermitage was covered by donations from devotees, companions, theatrical performances by the two local companies (Felipe Sempere i la Rosera), etc., given the circumstance that when the hermitage was blessed, I was almost paid, so the answer, in addition to being generous, she was very quick.

L’any 1990 the 17th Centenary of the Martyrdom of Sant Jordi was also celebrated, being the hermitage the best witness to the faith of the town of Banyeres de Mariola, who can be proud to have recovered a small architectural gem, which was threatened with disappearance, and having consecrated it to the cult of our Glorious Patron Saint George.