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Iglesia del Patriarca o del Corpus Christi

| Plaza del Patriarca, 46002 Valencia, Spain
+34 692 49 17 69
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Take the time to visit. Not only beautiful, but hearing the priests/monks singing was a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
L'Escala, Spain
Requires planning to avoid being rushed

The guided tour (for which advance reservations are required) is interesting, but as other... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2017
Loeten, Norway
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The Royal College Seminary of Corpus Christi, known as the Patriarch, is an institution founded in 1583 which had as its main mission to train priests according to the spirit and provisions of the Council of Trent, as stated the founder himself in San Juan de Ribera their constitutions, becoming the paradigm of the Counter-Reformation in Valencia. It was declared a National Monument in 1962. In addition to the relevance of their church decorated with fresco paintings by Matarana or its cloister, one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture with columns made of Carrara marble, among the works of art-historical importance that are preserved in our Museum highlights paintings by Caravaggio, El Greco, Van Der Weyden, Benlliure or Pinazo Ribalta and others, as well as the original manuscript of the posthumous work of Sir Thomas More, martyr British chancellor of the church, written during his imprisonment in the Tower London before his execution that took place on July 6, 1535. This valuable manuscript, called 'Instructions and Prayers' or 'Tristia Christi (The Agony of Christ)', which can be considered a true spiritual testament, was saved by his daughter Margaret, who did reach Spain with the help of Emperor Charles V.
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“last supper” (3 reviews)
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| Plaza del Patriarca, 46002 Valencia, Spain
+34 692 49 17 69
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Take the time to visit. Not only beautiful, but hearing the priests/monks singing was a wonderful and unexpected surprise

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Reviewed 12 February 2017

The guided tour (for which advance reservations are required) is interesting, but as other reviewers have commented, it doesn't allow enough time to savor all the beauty. The art museum can be visited without a guide (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily), as can the...More

Thank fanoffrance
Reviewed 30 November 2016

The building and its history are unique, both historically and architecturally. The guided visit, which can so often be a drag, was an absolute delight, with real insights and value-added, helping us to see things that we might have missed, and adding anecdotes pf interest...More

Thank jb5753
Reviewed 19 November 2016

This small Renaissance style church w/ bell tower & blue tiled dome was part of the Royal Seminary School that was built between 1586-1610 and is situated right next to the La Nau university building in the historical center of Valencia. The richly decorated interior...More

Thank T-Bird1974
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Went on a guided tour, from the website this appeared to be the only option to visit, however the guide was engaging and informative and the tour was in English. The museum holds paintings by Caravaggio & El Greco, manuscripts from Thomas More and many...More

Thank dave13beadling
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

A seminary with a Renaissance cloister, small museum and church. We were greeted by a friendly staff. It was 2 Euros to visit the museum. You can see the 2 Caravaggios, an El Greco, and many works by Ribalta. A must visit!

Thank naky00
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Situated at the side of the college and a square that had a free traditional Valencian music concert on the Saturday night, this unassuming church is beautiful inside it has beautiful Renaissance cloisters and amazing frescoes that dominate the front part of the church and...More

Thank BrotherPete
Reviewed 22 April 2016

We loved the inside of this particular cathedral a feast for the eyes to be had the workmanship is amazing and hard to believe that it was constructed so many years ago.

Thank Ian D
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Not a large place but the chapel and museum really appealed to us. Open in the mornings till 1pm when they then open the church next to the chapel to visitors. Great fans of Caravaggio so loved seeing his 2 paintings The Crucufixion of Saint...More

Thank georgeTyneandWear
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Stunning place and amazing architecture and icons it had a real feeling of peace and certainly you could imagine it full of worshippers

Thank Peterpascoe
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