The larger ancient farmhouses around Trujillo prided themselves with a chapel for the family owners and their church going workers. But Santa Marta’s chapel and its tower collapsed after decades of abandonment. It was one of the first premises to be restored.
A pair of clapping storks made a nest on the tower, above the bell, and were the first guests of the converted inn. Gliding around the tiled roofs, they feed yearly their 2 or 3 young chicks before departing for Africa in July.
The restored chapel is still used for family celebrations. Its white washed walls with blue lining are adorned with discreet religious relics brought from distant destinations: a fresco from Croatia, a Virgin Mother’s painting from Cuzco. The shell shaped baptism font and an old church bench are original to the chapel.