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Segovia - Discover the Monastery of Santa María del Parral next to the Eresma River

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Views of the Alcazar from the portico of the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia

If you ask visit Segovia in a highly recommended excursion from Madridsure the Roman aqueduct and the Alcazar These are the monuments that you know best and will attract more attention to see.

But I anticipate that Segovia I have other surprises among which I have to highlight the little known Jerónimo Monastery of Santa María del Parral.

From the outset, I will tell you that the Parral Monastery (which is how it is popularly known) you don't find it in the historic center of the city, but in the place of The Alameda, on the banks of the Eresma River that surrounds the hill where it is located Segovia

He Parral Monastery, next to that of And you, in Cáceres, they are the only monasteries in Spain still run by the Order of the Jeronimos. In the Parral today only 11 Jerome monks reside, in their traditional regime of closure, silence and prayer.


Church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia

He Parral Monastery dates back to the mid-fifteenth century, at the time of when he was still prince Henry IV, who was king of Castile and brother of Isabel the Catholic.

It was in 1445 when its valid Juan de Pacheco He started the construction of the monastic building in the area where there was a hermitage, Our Lady of the Parral, named for being covered by an old grapevine.

The new monastery was ceded to the then community of Jeronimos monks of the Guadalupe Monastery in Extremadura.


Altarpiece and graves in the church of the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Parral Monastery It went into decline. He was even sacked by Napoleon's troops, until in 1837, with the Confiscation of Mendizábal, was totally abandoned.

However, in 1914 it is declared National Monument and restoration works are carried out in a building that was very damaged


Cloister of the Portería in the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia

Finally, it was in 1925 when new jerome monkss return to Parral Monastery, after the resurgence of this monastic order that for many years remained without members.

In you visit of the Parral Monastery you will see the imposing interior of the church, with a great artistic wealth, as well as the entrance porch to the monacal enclosure and two cloisters.

You may be interested to know that the monastery offers lodge to share the monastic life with the Jerome monks. And, in addition, you can attend a church Mass with Gregorian chants every Sunday and holiday of the year, at 12 noon, and on weekdays at 1 p.m., from May to September.

In short, a really interesting place, which must become a essential visit in you Segovia excursion.


Cloister of the Portería in the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia

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