The Cervantes Institute of Frankfurt holding a meeting around Santa Teresa de Jesus
The Fourth Foundation of Santa Teresa, Convent of the Discalced Carmelites in Valladolid, was first opened to the media. The eleven nuns living in the convent, headed by his mother superior, Mother Mary of Jesus Chapel, were visited, on wednesday 19 November, Vicar General of the Order of Carmelites, Emilio Martínez González, accompanied by: the Minister of Culture of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alicia García; President of the Provincial, July Jesus Carnero; the Councillor for Culture, Trade of the City of Valladolid, Mercedes Cantalapiedra; and other members of the Commission of the V Centenary of St. Teresa of Jesus.
During their visit they could see the convent and even some areas not accessible to the general public.
Many of the rooms are on different levels as several palaces that were purchased adapted and joined to create the convent. Clearly, is a convent of crossroads, with many doors, with numerous passageways, which all lead to simple dwellings, humble and intimate where art is a real enjoyment to the eye of any.
Chapter house. In the room we found the image of the saint from Avila and a few benches that serve to celebrate the chapter meetings convent.
Chapel, next to the Chapter House,on one side of the cloister, we find a sculpture of the seventeenth century, Gregorio Fernández, with almost identical features to that in the National Museum of Sculpture. In this chapel we also found five murals paintings. It was built by Manuel de Tordesillas, relative of Santa Teresa, in 1682.
In the courtyard are two other chapels: the chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Carmen and built by Philip II at the request of Stephanie of the Apostles; and orderly chapel by Queen Margaret of Austria, which is dedicated to Santo Cristo.
Refectory. From the time of the creation of this IV Foundation, and four centuries later still used daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. An austere stay, silent, where Sister Superior discovered a secret: the table where he ate Avila.
The visit continued in the cell where St. Teresa lived. Ample space, that with the passage of time has undergone many changes to retrofit even as small chapel, and where a 'Lying Christ' Circle Gregorio Fernández rests on the old cot and is even supported in their pillows.
But the footsteps of St. Teresa of Jesus are found throughout the house, even in the garden, where a large tree is preserved, A copy of morale 24 arms that religious own planted.
Yet, after the visit, the vicar general of Carmelites, He stressed that "it is vital to preserve the historical heritage, architectural and spiritual "and that the maintenance of this is possible" thanks to the contribution of the Board '.
The Minister has referred to the V centenary celebrations 2015 will be the culmination of a series of commemorative events and cultural events that will allow Castilla y León put in a prominent place within the events that will be developed to commemorate this anniversary. Garcia has said that the V Centenario is a great opportunity to spread the important role of Santa Teresa in different areas, from religious literary, historical or cultural, its role as a woman, as a social reformer, as mystical, as an entrepreneur and as the umbrella of wills.