The whole church has a military function, since Vinaròs didn’t have a castle or fortress to protect the town. It consists of a sloping wall at its base, and some of corridors on top of the lateral chapels, that served as a guard’s footpath. There is access to these parts directly form the nave of the church (La Virgen del Rosario Chapel) and from the bell tower. The building had defensive functions during the expulsion of the Moors; during the reign of Philip IV, it’s purpose was to defend the coast from the attacks of the Turkish pirates and corsairs; during the Carlist wars, and the latest quarter of the nineteenth century, the church became the headquarters of the commander Jovellar. We should note the coastal path and the liberal wall.
Archpriest Church of the Assumpció - Military