Iglesia de Vera Cruz
Convento de los Carmelitas Descalzos
This is where San Juan de la Cruz is buried. The area immediately south of the convent affords fine views up to the Alcázar, and it's...
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Monasterio de Santa María del Parral
Ring the bell to see part of the cloister and church; the latter is a proud, flamboyant Gothic structure. The monks chant a Gregorian...
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Iglesia de Vera Cruz information
Lonely Planet review
This 12-sided church is one of the best-preserved of its kind in Europe. Built in the early 13th century by the Knights Templar and based on Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it once housed a piece of the Vera Cruz (True Cross), now in the nearby village church of Zamarramala (on view only at Easter).
The curious two-storey chamber in the circular nave (the inner temple) is where the knights' secret rites took place.