St. Teresa Church

Ávila, Spain

St. Teresa Church was built on the house in which Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada was born and is part of the Carmelite convent. Underground, the large vaulted burial crypt, which is currently used as the Museum of St Teresa, is the only example of its kind in Spanish religious architecture. The work was directed by the Carmelite architect Fray Alonso de San José and began in 1629. The building was opened on 15 October 1636.

In the purest Carmelite Baroque style, the church has a Latin-cross layout with a central nave and four chapels on each side. With the main altar in the northwest, it does not keep to established liturgical orientation as the presbytery was built to coincide with the room in which Teresa of Jesus was born. The entrance to the chapel of St Teresa opens up on the right arm of the transept and coincides with the area in which her family home once stood, together with the 'small garden where the saint prayed' opposite.

The front, which was designed in the style of an altarpiece, is separated into three bodies, giving prominence to the marble statue of the saint and the coats of arms of the Cepeda and Ahumada families, the Order of the Barefoot Carmelites, that of the Duke of Olivares, that of the Governor and that of Doctor of the Church.

Inside, the sculptures by Gregorio Fernández (17th century) and his school are of particular interest.



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Founded: 1629
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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THOMPALLY CultureFusion (3 months ago) wonder, must visited place in the world. Historic, spirituality and Beauty mingled to welcome to a new experience, which you never Benn in your life so blendid experience....
SONIA GANGOTENA (9 months ago)
I stayed in the hostal side of the monastery. A wonderful place. You can choose the number of meals you would like to have each day. It's not expensive. The food is very good, and the presence of God can be felt there and in the church besides it. The place was built on the foundation of the Sanchez Cepeda y Ahumada home, where Teresa de Avila grew up. I was very excited about staying there bc I descend from this family on my Mom's side of the family. Underneath the church is a museum, in the basement, or trojes, of the former residence. There is a bookstore to the side of the main entrance to the hostal. I met some wonderful ladies there. I stayed at the hotel for three days.
Silvyana Hianto (2 years ago)
This church is very beautiful and calm.. This is the place where St. Teresa was born. This place has a relic of St. Teresa (her finger) and the bone of St. John of the Cross.
Ana Shill (2 years ago)
Our tour guide was Spanish n English
Ana Shill (2 years ago)
Our tour guide was Spanish n English
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