Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, Segovia

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Built by the Knights Templar to house a piece of the True Cross, or the cross that Jesus was crucified on, Iglesia de la Vera Cruz was constructed to be a shrine. However, the fragment of the cross didn't stay in the structure long: it's currently located in a village church nearby. The shrine now stands as a historical curiosity, distinguished by 12 walls whose geometric shape is broken only by a tower on the south side. Visit the lookout point near the Alcazar, a Moorish palace in Seville, to get the best perspective on the structure. Inside the shrine is a two-story gallery where the Knights Templar may have kept vigil over the piece of wood. Climb the tower for another view, this time of the Alcazar. Use our Segovia vacation builder app to arrange your visit to Iglesia de la Vera Cruz and other attractions in Segovia.
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  • Beautiful church which has a real atmosphere to it, based on the Holy Sepulchure and built by the Templars it's not a church in the conventional sense. I combined the visit with a walk back to Segovia...  more »
  • Outside the walls of the old city of Segovia, this dodecagonal building, probably inspired by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, is widely awarded cross of Malta (heir of the Templars who were founders of the sanctuary). A small gallery-pillar Central, raised and equipped with loopholes to imagine the scenario of a last Knight soldier defending a piece of the true cross, which the relic would have given its name to the Church!
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  • Church built in the likeness of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, visiting as many monuments in it costs and if you take a day of sightseeing the sum starts to be excessive, that if its location there is an excellent view of the Alcázar. take advantage of an excellent photography.
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  • Visit mandatory if you like history and architecture. Its atypical shape and its strange location (isolated in an inhospitable place), has always drawn attention, especially to people interested in esoteric subjects. One of the curiosities of this church is that everyone says it has an octagonal... and it is twelve-sided: not has eight but twelve sides. It is a dodecagon with three apses cylindrical townhouses, a sacristy also cylindrical and a square Tower. Its most direct model is the Church of the Holy sepulcher of Jerusalem: both in form and function; This church was not built to be parish church or monastic Chapel: it is rather a sanctuary... or more specifically, what is called a "martyrium": a temple dedicated to evoke the death and resurrection of Christ.
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  • The temple was dedicated September 13, 1208, as attested by the tombstone that is opposite the side door in the temple. In the year 1531, and as a result of the unification of the order of the Holy Sepulchre with the order of St. John of Jerusalem he became dependent on the sovereign order military and Hospitaller of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta. Beautiful girl.
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  • Impressive church founded by the Templarios.Actualmente belongs to the order of Malta. Inside feels a special energy.
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  • Precious monument of the Templars. Do not miss it.
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  • Templar Church. Peculiar for its plant. Very limited visiting hours
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