Santa Maria de las Cuevas Monastery (La Cartuja), Seville

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The Monastery of Santa María de las Cuevas, also known as the Monastery of the Cartuja , is a religious building on the Isla de La Cartuja in Seville, southern Spain. The Andalusian Contemporary Art Center is now located on this site.HistoryMonasteryLegend holds that the area, in Moorish times, was honeycombed with caves made by potters for ovens and to obtain clay, and that after the capture of the city by Christians in the thirteenth century, an image of the virgin was revealed inside one of the caves, where supposedly it had been hidden. It prompted the construction of a chapel of Santa María de las Cuevas to house the venerated icon. In the 15th century, the archbishop of Seville, aided by the noble family of Medina, helped found a Franciscan monastery at the site. Later constructions were patronized by don Perafán de Ribera (who built the Casa de Pilatos). In the 15th century, monks of the cloistered order of Saint Bruno were housed in the monastery.Christopher Columbus' remains were first interred at Valladolid, then at the Monastery of the Cartuja by the will of his son Diego. In 1542 the remains were transferred to Colonial Santo Domingo.During the Napoleonic invasion, the monastery was sacked and used as barracks. After returning in 1812, the monastery was finally vacated with the general closure of monasteries in 1835–36 (Desamortización de Mendizábal).
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  • What to say... nothing! No imagination or talent in this place, empty of meaning and thought. In summary: a pitiful scam! Only positive: the air conditioning in the face of the 41 degrees outside.
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  • Former monastery converted into a center of modern art the idea could have been great if however the premises have been maintained. The beautiful Seville has his wart this foul and left district was totally abandoned for the universal expo. However the monastery is outwardly nice but c all
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  • Currently the monastery, along with a disused factory, is part of the CAAC, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, reviewed how different attraction on TA. If the exhibits are more than modest, different discourse needs to be done for the location. The former convent is very intriguing and fascinating prersenta
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  • On the island is preserved the old porcelain factory in the Pickman today Museum and Centre for contemporary art
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