In Spanish, this type of shrine is called a 'humilladero'. The word comes from the Latin word humus, meaning 'fertile land'. Words such as 'humble' and 'humility' also come from humus.
'Humilladero' refers to an isolated, devout, peaceful place—providing the necessary conditions for fruitful prayer. Here, we humble ourselves; we recognize that we are in need of help. Sometimes we find these shrines on the top of a mountain or at a fork in the road. They also can usually be found, as you enter or leave a village, on the side of the road with a Cross or Holy Image.
We wanted to build one of these shrines, dedicating it to Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal.
It is located in a quiet place, where you can pray, a little ways off from the village.
In the future, in the same place, there will be a Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady, where souls will receive many graces.
The shrine is made of stones from this very field and without cement—in a very simple way.
It is a temporary construction that will be removed when the Sanctuary is built.
We invite you all to visit the shrine.
You can reach it by going down from the pines or by going up about 600 meters from the parish Church.
The walk to the shrine takes about the same amount of time as it does to pray a rosary.
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How to get there:
Arriving at Garabandal from the main road, you can park your car in the town square.
Then turn right onto a small street that leads to the parish Church.
Here you can stop to visit Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
From the Church, go up the street to the old washhouse.
There, turn right and keep going up. Continue up to the right. At the first fork in the road, turn right.
A little later, you will pass a stone barn (used for winter storage) on your right. You're headed the right way.
Continue on this path, which will soon narrow into a smaller one. After about 70 meters, you will reach the field where the shrine is located.