Santa Clara Convent

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Santa Clara Convent

Declared of Cultural Interest (BIC)

The Convent of Santa Clara was built in the sixteenth century next to the Hermitage of the Immaculate Conception, now disappeared, and housed the Poor Clare nuns until 1868.

In this hermitage, outside the walls of the town, was preserved the vow of the people of Alcazar de San Juan to the Virgin Mary for her deliverance from two plagues of locusts, the first in August 1470 and, years later, a second in 1546. Taking advantage of the existence of the Hermitage of the Immaculate Conception and with the purpose of preserving this vow, Sister Francisca de la Cruz, from Alcazar, requested permission to found a monastery under the protection of the Franciscan Third Order. In June 1557 he made the request to the Council of Alcázar, who granted him the Hermitage and other property attached to it. On May 20, 1564, the license to found the monastery was granted in Madrid. On May 23rd, Sister Francisca de la Cruz took possession of the Hermitage, and in 1565 the Provincial of the Franciscans took possession of the Convent, granting the nuns, in 1590, the Chapter of Belmonte by which they assumed the Rule of Saint Clare. Hence the name of the Convent, although it was better known as “La Concepción”, due to the previous existence of the Hermitage.

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