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BASÍLICA - SANTUARIO DE LA VERA CRUZ

Why don't you worship a few monuments? In order to enjoy one of these wonders to the full, just stand in front of it and confirm its excellent state of preservation.
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Basílica - Santuario de la Vera Cruz

MONUMENTS

CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ
Establecimiento adherido al Camino de Caravaca

C/ Cuesta del Castillo, s/n
30400 CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ
Telephone: +34 968 70 77 43 / 968 70 85 40

cofradia@lacruzdecaravaca.es

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INFORMATION

The monument consists of two clearly differentiated parts: the walls and the sanctuary.

Despite its Islamic origins, the monument has undergone many changes. Nowadays, fourteen different shaped-and-sized fortified towers are spread along the wall. The fortress belonged first to the Order of the Temple, and later to the Order of Santiago ¿a Spanish Christian military order. Moreover, the castle was used for military purposes during the Spanish Succession War and the Peninsular War.

The Santuario de la Stma. y Vera Cruz (the Holy True Cross Sanctuary) was built in the heart of the old fortress in the 17th century. Then, in the 18th century, its magnificent baroque façade was annexed to the sanctuary. The monument as a whole, whose guidelines resemble those of the Monasterio del Escorial (El Escorial Monastery, Madrid) was declared a national Artistic-Historical Monument in 1944. No doubt the presence of the Vera Cruz (the Holy True Cross) has contributed to the sanctuary preservation.

The church has a Latin-Cross plan, a continuous gallery over the lateral naves, and also a dome over the transept. Recently, the Museo de la Santa Vera Cruz (the Holy True Cross Museum) has been reopened in the sanctuary rooms.

PICTURES

Basílica - Santuario de la Vera Cruz

ESTILO

Renaissance architecture and baroque façade

ÉPOCA

17th to 18th centuries.

USO

Cultural, tourist and religious purposes.

TIMETABLE

the Sanctuary is open daily, all year round
Winter (workdays) 8.30am - 2.30pm / 4.30pm - 7.30pm.
Winter (Public Holidays) 10am - 2pm / 4.30pm - 7pm.
Summer (workdays) 8am - 2pm / 4.30 pm - 9pm.
Summer (Public Holidays) 10am - 2pm / 4.30pm - 9pm

SPECIAL OFFER FOR PILGRIMS ON THE CAMINO DE LA CRUZ

Otros Descuentos: Punto sellado

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