Hermitages and other holy sacred sites are popular destinations for tourists and can be found throughout all of Europe. There are many more than you may realize and, whether you're a history buff or a culture vulture, most of them are well-worth a visit. Taking a trip to a monastery or hermitage is inspiring, mostly due to the drastically different lifestyles of monks and hermits. It is fascinating to get a glimpse into such a different way of life, and most travelers don't think twice about returning to their normal routines.
Hermit Wanted in Catalonia
There is, however, a unique opportunity to visit one of these sacred sites and immerse yourself in an ancient lifestyle like never before. What if you had the opportunity to live the life of a hermit? A hermitage in Spain is offering just that, as it has recently found itself in need of a new caretaker. Located in Mont-roig del Camp in Catalonia, Spain, the Our Lady of the Rock hermitage actually put out an advertisement; quite an unusual post for the local classifieds!
According to the ad, being a hermit at Our Lady of the Rock is very different than being a hermit anywhere else. When thinking of hermits, most people think of recluses who hide away from the rest of the world and isolate from outside contact in general. But the job description for the open position at Our Lady of the Rock includes several responsibilities that seem quite social. The ideal applicant would need to accommodate visitors to the site and talk to them about everything that goes on at the premises. Contact with outsiders would actually be quite regular, making for a very different experience from the quintessential hermitage.
The job posting, however strange, is serious nonetheless and there are a few requirements. Since Our Lady of the Rock is a spiritual hermitage, the applicant does have to be a person of faith who does not have any criminal history. They have to be fluent in Catalan, the Spanish-based language of the region, and at least one other language so that they don't have difficulty talking to those who may come and visit. On top of that, they have to know a lot about the heritage of the area, as well. The hermitage has a long history which became well-known when Joan Miro, a painter, painted the hermitage and caught the attention of the global community.
The Perks of Working in a Hermitage
Our Lady of the Rock is indeed beautiful, and embodies the idyllic landscape of the region. The chapel area, dedicated to Saint Ramon, is simply stunning. The entire exterior was actually painted white and, due to it's location on top of a hill, the hermitage was often used as a landmark to help sailors find their way back from being out at sea. It's an incredibly gorgeous place and, whoever is lucky enough to become the next hermit is going to have a very exciting year on their hands. Even though the job and its responsibilities are serious, the position still offers a good time for reflection and growth, while interacting with those who visit.
The application process was announced on Facebook and a number of people have applied for the position. Acceptance for new entries was closed as of August 31st, so it's only a matter of time before a new hermit is officially chosen.
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