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Ancient St. Dominic´s convent

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Ancient St. Dominic´s convent


Basic Information

Location Estella, Spain
Country Spain
City Estella
Address Estella, Spain

General Information

Open to visitors no
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 42.6690,-2.0262


Behind Santa María Jus del Castillo church there lies the St. Dominic´s convent, founded by Teobaldo II in 1259, a building packed with historic references (at which Courts were actually celebrated) and closely linked to the royal power; it was a Dominican monastery until 1839 and it currently serves as an old folks' home. In addition to the church, which is Gothic with just one nave, a large part of the monastery has been conserved after major restoration work though it is not open to the public.

Slightly more than a century after the Estella synagogue became Todos los Santos (All Saints) church, King Teobaldo II granted it in 1265 to two brother monks Pero Miguel and Fortunio, as well as a vineyard, so they could turn it into a small convent assigned to the order of Grandmont, providing it with some martyrial relics and becoming a place of pilgrimage for those walking to Santiago. The Order of Grandmont, founded in the 12th century in line with the teachings of the hermit Esteban de Thiers in Limoges, was based on the observance of strict poverty and total isolation from the world.

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