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MONASTERY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE CANONESSES OF SANTO SEPULCRO (ZARAGOZA)

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One of the most interesting and important Mudéjar monuments among the long list of buildings in this style preserved in the city of Zaragoza is the Monastery of the Resurrection, better known as Santo Sepulcro, both from the religious and artistic points of view. It belongs to the Canonical Order of the Holy Sepulcher, and is the only one extant in Spain; it is also the only complete monastic complex in the Mudéjar style to be found in Aragon.

It is situated in the neighborhood of Boterón, within the old section of the city, next to the old Roman wall, from which it appropriates two towers and a wall. The monastery has given its name to street that runs from near the Cathedral to what was the University of Zaragoza on the street of that name. Presently, and since the construction of the new façade in the 19th century, this section of the street came to be called Don Teobaldo, but it keeps its old name from the Calle Mundir I to the little Plaza of San Nicolás.

The church of San Nicolás the Bari was built next to the monastery dependencies, and it formed part of the monastery from when it was ceded to the Archbishop Don Lope Fernández de Luna in the 14th century. Hidden details of the latter’s Mudéjar construction still survive.

In spite of the artistic interest of its dependencies and the works of art that it houses, the Monastery of the Resurrection is largely unknown to Zaragoza’s citizens. Perhaps the convent’s closed order, which until recently made public visits impossible, including to scholars of architectural history, accounts for its sparse bibliography. For this reason it is the papers of various “Conferences on the Study of the Order of Santo Sepulcro” that provide us with most of the information to date about the artistic and historical development of the Monastery complex, along with valuable contributions from scholars such as Wilfredo Rincón García and Fernando López Rajadel, who have summed up the earlier researches of Gonzalo Borrás Gualis and José Galiay.

Recently, guided visits to the Monastery have started, with hours and dates available at the Community’s website: http://santo-sepulcro.com/Bienvenida/.

Although it is outside the parameters of this website, it has seemed interesting to me, based on the preceding discussion, to present a short summary of the seven centuries of the existence of this community. Then we will proceed to the description of the different parts and rooms of the Monastery. If you do not wish to navigate through all the pages, on the top parts of them will appear a menu from which you can choose the parts or concrete elements that you wish to visualize.

I want to thank the Community of Canonesses who allowed me to take the photographs that I will offer you. I also invite all of those who because of their beliefs might wish to share the celebrations taking place in the convent’s dependencies during Holy Week with the Canonesses and the Guild of Santo Sepulcro , as well as those who desire a little peace and tranquility in the middle of a big city, to pass a few days in their hostel. You can find out all about this on their web page.

On an international level, the ASSOCIATION OF CANONESSES REGULAR OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE has a web page: http://www.crss-worldwide.tk.

 
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