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Arco de San Lorenzo, Jaen

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The Arch of San Lorenzo in Jaén, Spain is located at the crossroads of the streets Almendros Aguilar and Madre de Dios . It is part of the former Church of San Lorenzo, built between the 13th and 14th centuries and its interior houses such treasures as Moorish tilework and paneling, as well as a small chapel. It is also home to an association called Amigos de San Antón . It was declared a Bien de Interés Cultural in 1877.HistoryIt is said to be the place where the wake for Fernando IV ’”The Summoned,” who died in Jaen on 17 September 1312, was held. For this reason, throughout the centuries prayers for the dead have been held in the arch during the funerals of the city bishops.Maximiliano of Austria, the uncle of Carlos I, was baptized here on July 6, 1555.Juan de Olid, the secretary of the Constable Miguel Lucas de Iranzo is buried in the arch. The small chapel served as the head of the Hospital de la Madre de Dios (Mother of God Hospital), founded in a nearby home in 1491 by Don Luis de Torres, the son of Constable Iranzo. It was also the first chapel of the Seminario Conciliar de Jaén (Jaén Theological Seminary), founded in 1620.In 1825 the church of San Lorenzo collapsed due to neglect, leaving only the arch standing. The parish and its archives were moved to the Church of Saint Bartholomew (Spanish: la iglesia de San Bartolomé), and its artistic treasure was divided between the Church of Saint Bartholomew and the Church of La Merced.It was declared a national monument in 1877 thanks to the work of a group of Jaén residents who obstructed a campaign for its complete demolition.In 1969 the Dirección General de Bellas Artes began its restoration, which was headed by an architect from Jaen named Luis Berges Roldán.
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  • It's interesting but don't expect to spend much time there and look out for passing cars. Be prepared for a walk up hill.  more »
  • Still in its interior, there is a beautiful chapel, which is open to visitors, we not learned the date of its construction. We don't know if the guide can explain the seniority date or that we were not attentive when he said it. There is a version that this bow are the remains of an ancient Church, which was demolished, just stay this arc emblematic for the city. With the master plan of this area wanted to demolish, but thanks to a few inhabitants, who joined in a kind of society, prevented this.
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  • We did a tour sponsored by the city of Jaen to the arc of San Lorenzo and the stream of the Magdalena, are free and we saw the arch that inside is amazing, has a very nice Chapel and does not seem to that is so large from below, ultimately very pretty, thanks to Leo Guide, since what he explained everything to the millimeter...
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  • The story of this place is awesome but you can't enter inside and there are so many cars, so be aware
  • ARC San Lorenzo belongs to a part of the Church San Lorenzo which was built in the 13th century approximately and located upstairs next to the arch, where currently there are houses. The Church was demolished in the 1825 while retaining the arc. Sometimes are guided from the Jaén Tourism Office.
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  • Nice arch located in the old town, no idea of the style that corresponds. If you're lucky and you can visit him inside is acojonante, looks like something out of a film of Templars.
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  • A must seen in Jaén
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  • The Church of San Lorenzo, built between the 12th and 16th centuries collapsed in 1825, leaving as the only vestige of this arc.
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