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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Plaza la Santa 3, Ávila, Spain
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Founded: 1629
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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www.avilaturismo.com

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Silvyana Hianto (19 months 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 (19 months ago)
Our tour guide was wonderful..in Spanish n English
Tobi Sachse (19 months ago)
Very interesting Convent. I got many Information about the life of Santa Teresa. More than I suggested.
Amen (2 years ago)
It is the place where St.Teresa of Avila lived. She's a saint of 16th century. She is also known as reformer of the congregation. She is a spanish mystic and Doctor of the church. Her writings has got a special relevance today also. With in the chapel we can she a room where she was born and a garden where she used to play with his brother. Its place of prayer. Pope John Paul visited this place.
Svetlana Brykova (2 years ago)
I recommend visit museum and church , very interesting! Entry to museum just 2 euro! There is also relique of St. Teresa finger with ring in souvenir shop at left site of the exit of the church!
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