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A special place

The convent is beautiful with many religious artefacts. This is more than an attraction. Go and see... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2015
Mathias H
Insight into a working convent

At the quiet end of the historic centre of Carmona, Santa Clara was apparently the first of many... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2015
Stephen028
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

The convent is beautiful with many religious artefacts. This is more than an attraction. Go and see if you are in search of calm peacefulness and support the work of these lovely women - buy some cakes

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Reviewed 6 November 2015

The church, cloister and small museum over three floors is open to the public at the small charge of 2 Euros. The museum accommodates old church furniture and nunnery related artefacts such as scourges for self-flagillation. The cloister is peaceful and one corner is made particularly elaborate since it houses a special statue of the Virgin that is carried around town in religious processions. The church nave has a series of paintings of saints dressed in eighteenth century dress.

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

We arrived at the convent to buy "English cake", a speciality of the good sisters who bake it here. We spoke with two of the sisters, originally from Kenya, who have made Carmona their home. The convent is beautiful with many religious artefacts to see but it feels disrespectful to review this special place as a visitor "attraction" in the normal sense of tourist destinations. Go and see if you are in search of calm peacefulness and support the work of these lovely women - buy some cakes!

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Reviewed 13 June 2015

At the quiet end of the historic centre of Carmona, Santa Clara was apparently the first of many convents to be founded in the town, of which four still remain. It is not the grandest but it does have a real sense of history, with the fabric largely intact from its foundation. The upper walls of the nave are decorated with portraits of female saints, each bearing a symbol of their martyrdom. Can you guess which is which..?

Atypically for a working convent, visitors are sometimes allowed beyond the church/chapel into the cloister beyond where the sisters live. Only a few of the 12 nuns are Spanish, with most hailing from Kenya. Speaking Spanish and English, they will cheerily sell you some of the torta inglesa which, apparently, they home make.

Thank Stephen028
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Reviewed 30 December 2014

A small church inside the convent, a bit like a big chapel. Well worth a visit. Look at the pictures on the walls and the altar is something to behold. It is a convent and therefore not always open.

Thank Frederik111
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