Monday, 6 August 2012

Iglesia Vera Cruz

This small church near Segovia, Spain was consecrated in 1208. Vera Cruz (literally meaning True Cross) was built by the Knights Templar to house a fragment of the True Cross.


This church has a unique 12-sided exterior with a tower on the south side. Its shape is patterned on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where according to legend the True Cross was found by St. Helen in the 4th century.



The insides are supposed to be quite interesting - the round nave centers on an unusual two-story gallery, where the Knights are thought to have kept vigil over the sliver of wood.
I guess views from the tower must be great but even from bellow there is a great view of the Alcazar and the old city.

3 comments:

Emm in London 6 August 2012 at 10:50  

We're going to Spain in three weeks time! In pretty excited and really looking forward to lots of relaxation and a little bit of history. We'll be in Catalunya.

This church looks fascinating and the history of the Knights Templar intrigues me.

Marko 6 August 2012 at 11:26  

That is really nice to read! I am pretty sure you'll have a blast.

I really liked the area around Segovia. Many picturesque old villages, lots of history, character and surprisingly also some beautiful nature.

Read about all of that and more in our upcoming posts. Make sure to check them out. ;)

Amy 10 August 2012 at 17:54  

very nice blog and the photos its amazing to see in real too

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