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Convent of the Mother of God and Church of San Francisco

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Convent of the Mother of God and Church of San Francisco

 

This building, attached to the Church of San Francisco, has had several uses throughout history after it was no longer used as a convent after the Mendizabal disentailment laws in the 19th century.

Among other destinations, it was first a secondary education school, and afterwards a cultural center and a school workshop. It is currently being rehabilitated to accommodate the new Don Alvaro de Luna Youth Hostel (formerly located in the castle).

The monastery consists of a cloister of three arches on each side, supported by paired columns and a composition of four angles, all of the Tuscan order. The top cloister has tapered arches and brick pilasters which are bleached.

The church has a Latin cross and is accessed through an atrium located on the south side, whose arched entrance is made of stone and topped with a niche with the image of San Francisco in stone. The  cruise is a hemispherical dome on pendentives, topped with a lantern, and the choir loft is at the foot, while there is a beautiful window decorated with pilasters in the form of a truncated pyramid, which is reminiscent of the Spanish-American baroque style. The altarpiece was made in a Spanish baroque style from the 18th century. In the second half of the 20th century the steeple and belfry were added.

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