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Guided Tours. Religious Tourism

SAN JUAN DE LA CRUZ [St. JOHN OF THE CROSS]

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John of the Cross was born in 1542 in Fontíveros, Ávila. He studied at a Jesuit School where he acquired a solid base in the humanities.
At 22 years of age, he entered the Convent of Carmelite Friars and adopted the name of Fray Juan de San Matías [Brother John of St. Mathias].

In 1567, he was ordained a priest and led his first mass, at which time he met St. Teresa of Jesus, who he convinced to join his cause, the Carmelite Reform.
Years later, he travelled to Ávila where he became vicar and confessor to the Convento de la Concepción [Conception Convent] and it is here where he became the spiritual guide of St. Teresa of Jesus.

Following his death, the fight between Úbeda and Segovia for the possession of his remains began. In the end, in 1593, they were brought to Segovia except for the lower extremities, which remain in Úbeda.

He was beautified by Clement X in 1657 and canonised by Benedict XIII in 1726. In 1952, he was declared Patron of Spanish poets.

SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS IN SEGOVIA
In 1574, alongside St. Teresa, he founded the Convento de las Carmelitas Descalzas de San José [Convent of the Discalced Carmelites of St. Joseph], delivering the inaugural mass.

In 1580, he returned to the city to found the Convento de los Carmelitas Descalzos [Friary of the Discalced Carmelites], and, on taking up the role of Superior, had to move to the city to live in order to oversee the running of the convent he had helped to build with his own hands.
He worked tirelessly during the more than three years he spent in Segovia and came to be known and respected among the people.

SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS CIRCUIT IN SEGOVIA
This circuit visits the most significant places in the life of St. John during the more than three years he spent in Segovia. It starts at the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites of St. Joseph and ends at that of the Friary of the Discalced Carmelites located in the La Fuencisla.

 

SANTA TERESA DE JESÚS [SAINT TERESA OF JESUS]

SAINT TERESA IN SEGOVIA
From 1562 until her death, she worked intensely and productively, founding up to thirty-two Discalced Carmelite convents, which led to harsh conflicts, upset and even persecution, resulting from the powerful rejection of the unreformed Carmelites.

SAINT TERESA CIRCUIT
The circuit visits the places related with Saint Teresa's time in Segovia.
We can see what Segovia would have been like in Saint Teresa's day. At that time, it was the most industrialised city in northern Spain and the third most populous city in Castile following Valladolid and Salamanca.
The route includes the courtyard of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Segovia [Association of Architects of Segovia] -the first convent to be founded by St. Teresa in the city-, the church of the Convento de San José [San José Convent] and the Museo de Segovia [Museum of Segovia].

 

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