Teresiana Route

Saint Teresa of Jesus, the most universal abulense

Saint Teresa of Jesus, patron of the city of Avila and patron of Spain

She remains the protagonist, and every tourist, visitor or pilgrim, will approach Ávila to revive the XVI century

Join us and relive the XVI century

Century in the that the mystical doctor was born, taking the path Footprints of Teresa de Ávila that begins in our city and that will have a long journey through the seventeen localities in which Teresa founded her convents or dovecots as she called them.

What will we visit on this route?

And in Ávila we will visit the most emblematic Teresian enclaves, most of them located within the walled enclosure or historic center and others that are outside the walls.

They all have a very attractive and unique history that will be explained by our professional guides.

ITINERARY

SANTA TERESA CONVENT

It is the starting point of this Teresian Route that we feel is essential to visit in the year of the V Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus. It rose around 1629 over the same place where Mother Teresa was born and is Baroque-Carmelite. It has a Latin cross plan with central nave and side chapels. On the right arm is the chapel of Santa Teresa and in front of the orchard where the Santa made her hermitages. In the museum we can perfectly reconstruct the stages of his life. Declared National Monument in 1886.

MYSTIC INTERPRETATION CENTER

Building rehabilitated outside the walls, very close to the Convent of La Santa and unique in Europe. Through the symbols that are distributed in four rooms, we can get to know perfectly the universal phenomenon of Mysticism, whose teachers were Teresa and Juan de la Cruz. It is a work that is within the parameters of contemporary aesthetics, with prismatic cover where light is filtered through an outer laminated membrane.

CHURCH OF SAN JUAN BAUTISTA

It is a Romanesque temple that was renovated in the 16th century in Gothic style with obvious Renaissance influences. The head and the chapels of the cruise are of Herreriano-Renaissance style. Inside is the gothic baptismal font in which Saint Teresa of Jesus was baptized. In 1983 it was declared a National Monument.

CONVENT OF SAN JOSE, LAS MADRES

It is the First Foundation of Santa Teresa, from where the Carmelite Reformation began. It was founded in 1567, which was followed by another seventeen in different Spanish towns. It may be one of the most visited places on this route. Inside you breathe the spirit of Mother Teresa. Its facade is Carmelite style and its structure is crowned with a triangular pediment with a large oculus in the center. Underneath a niche opens with the image of the holy holder of the convent.

MONASTERIO DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GRACE

It was built in the 16th century, being of Gothic style. It was built on top of what was hermitage of Saints Justo and Pastor. The mystic Doctor spent several years in this monastery. It has beautiful stained glass windows and a beautiful Plateresque altarpiece. The monastery retains its communion and confessional.

SQUARE OF SANTA TERESA

It is the nerve center of the life of the people of Abule, also called Mercado Grande and formerly Plaza del Alcazar. Its name of Plaza de Santa Teresa is due to the erection in it of a sculpture that represents it.

MONASTERY OF THE INCARNATION

Here Teresa entered in 1535 and he began to mature his idea of reforming Carmel, because he observed the relaxed life and nothing convent that the nuns led in the convent. It is far from the wall. In it lived Mother Teresa for more than thirty years. Declared National Monument in 1983.

FOUR POST HUMBER

It was built around 1566. Located on the outskirts of the city on the left bank of the Adaja River, it keeps the memory of Teresa’s childhood and the runnings she had with her brother Rodrigo. The set is built with four Doric columns joined by an architrave with the shield of the city and in the center with a granite cross. From it we can observe one of the most spectacular views of Avila by day and, especially, at night.

NOTE:

From this page we can schedule a guided visit to one or some of the 17 locations where Teresa de Jesús founded her convents: Ávila, Medina del Campo, Malagón, Valladolid, Toledo, Pastrana, Salamanca, Alba de Tormes, Segovia, Beas de Segura, Seville, Caravaca de la Cruz, Villanueva de la Jara, Palencia, Soria, Granada and Burgos.

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