Kurutzesantu Museum

Durango, Spain

The Kurutzesantu Museum is a museum located in Durango, created to house the Kurutziaga Cross, a sculpted Gothic cross believed to date from the 15th–16th centuries AD.

The Kurutziaga Cross, made of dark sandstone, is 4.3 metres high and fully adorned with relief carvings. The lower part of the upright, representing sin and retribution, features the serpent of Eden with a woman's head; above it are scenes of Adam and Eve and the fall of man. The next section depicts the twelve Apostles. The top portion represents the Redemption, with one side depicting the Madonna and child in Paradise and the other depicting the Crucifixion of Jesus.

The cross's original function and meaning are uncertain. The most prevalent theory is that it was created in atonement for a 15th-century episode of heresy in Durango, inspired by the unorthodox preaching of the Franciscan Alonso de Mella—many of his followers having been burned to death on the site where the cross would be set up, near the Jesuit chapel of Vera Cruz. Others, however, favor a connection with a religious brotherhood of Vera Cruz that met in the chapel. Still others believe that the cross may have been erected to mark the boundary of the town.



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Founded: 15th century
Category: Museums in Spain

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HATIM CH (2 years ago)
Jesús García (5 years ago)
An old hermitage, it contains as a main treasure the stone cross of Kurutziaga. It is the tourist office and the attention and explanations of the staff, of the best they have given me in similar offices.
David Silvano (5 years ago)
Very good
Candycandy (5 years ago)
Mediocre carvings poorly carved. Leonardo would spit them in the face
Carmen Mar (5 years ago)
The information office is located in the same museum
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