Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soterrana, Santa Maria la Real de Nieva

Nuestra Señora de la Soterraña is a Gothic church and monastery located at Santa María la Real de Nieva, Province of Segovia, Spain. It was built between late 14th and early 15th centuries.In 1920, two of its elements, the facade and the cloister, were designated as national monuments. Its present designation is Bien de Interés Cultural.HistoryIn 1392, a wooden sculpture of Mary was discovered buried, probably hidden since Muslim invasion, in a piece of open ground at the municipality of Nieva, where the village of Santa María de Nieva sits now. This fact was considered a miracle, and the Queen Catherine of Lancaster ordered the building of a sanctuary there and a village around it, to the worship of that Virgin’s image, called Soterraña, an old Spanish word that means 'subterranean'. She did it against the opinions of the priest of Nieva, that wanted to bring the image to his village, and nobility of Segovia that preferred moving it to the town. However, the Queen aquieved two papal bulls from Clement VII, in February 1393, to released the sanctuary from the Nieva’s priest jurisdiction, and getting indulgences for the visitors in certain days.
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  • It is a pity, but we was not possible to visit the interior of the Church. What you said an old man who walked again circling the cloister, the pastor serves nine churches and is difficult to find that it is open to us. To change we could enjoy with a visit to a single cloister, of great value by its impressive capitals excellently preserved mostly. Today they are a living museum in stone, crafts, professions, lifestyles of the middle ages, resolved with a crushing naivety.
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  • We went and it was closed. We contacted the phone and not responding. This Saturday at 12,30 hrs!
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  • Impressive, near Segovia, about 30 km, the capitals are lovely. Scenes of hunting, Bible, the work of the monks, a calendar, war scenes, shields... To spend some time walking in the cloister and enjoying every step.
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