The Church Monasterio de Santa Maria de la Merced at Huete!

And moving on in my beloved Spain, this time back to the emblematic Castilla La Mancha and the little pretty town of Huete. Again, have written before on the town and its monuments but feel left this out and needs attention. This is the multiuse Church Monastery of Saint Mary of Mercy or Santa Maria de la Merced in the Province of Cuenca!

Huete

The Church Monasterio de Santa Maria de la Merced , or Mercy monastery is a Church from 1648-1684 and a cloister from 1645-56. The story goes fray Marcos de Salmerón, born in Buendía in 1588 but resident since childhood in Huete, where he studied and professed in the Order of Mercy in 1603, becoming master general of the order in 1642. Deceased in Madrid, his corpse was transferred to the Monastery of Huete and was buried in the chapel of San José, which he himself had built. The monastery is located at number 1 of Calle de San Esteban around Plaza de la Merced.

Huete

The whole of the Monastery of Saint Mary of Mercy constitutes a large construction structured on a roughly rectangular floor plan, the church occupying the northern half of said floor plan. Baroque in style, its facade is divided into three orders, two of them with balconies and one with bars. Inside it has two courtyards, the largest with the same style as the facades and the smallest, from the 17C with a closed cloister alternating between brick and stone. From the Monastery complex stands out its great chapter hall in which, being one of the best the Order had, several general chapters of the Mercedarian Order were held. The church has a Latin cross plan, with a transept topped by a large dome, side chapels and a high choir at the foot.

Huete

The main nave, the arms of the transept and the chancel are covered with a barrel vault. Along these vaults there are lunettes pointed at their intersection with the arches of the lateral hollows. The chapels are covered with a groin vault. The nave is topped by a dome supported on pendentives. At the bottom of the presbytery there is a dressing room that, originally, was located higher than the level of the presbytery, to emphasize the situation of the image located there, leaving below a small crypt that served for years as a cemetery for the monks of the monastery.  On the first two arches of the nave, at the foot, is the choir, which is supported on low arches. From the right lateral arm of the transept there is access to a chapel that, in principle, was the sacristy. This was then moved, in what was the connecting hall, with a staircase, on the way to the monastery. Above the right side chapels there are rooms for the sick, which have a south orientation and open a window over the interior of the temple.

Huete

Here is preserved the image of the Virgin or Virgen de la Merced of which festival is done in the month of September also known as the festival of Huete or of Merced that was before an important cattle fair. Founded by the end of the 13C,and currently the oldest part kept are the the central facade from 1639. the facade was renovated in the neo classic style in 1867 and the south corner next to the city hall entrance  renovated end of the 19C.  The cloister is one of the best baroque patios in the province of Cuenca done as said between  1645 and 1647, done with different materials. The Church was done from 1668 and in 1754 the sacristy was built that currently has a retable altar coming from the abbey of Caracena del Valle done in the second half of the 16C. In the last part of the 18C the Monastery was enlarged; the facades and wrought iron windows were done .Today, there are inside the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Florencio de la Fuente ( a contemporary arts museum). Also, the city hall, and several administrative services such as the Tourist office upon entering, and the library.

Huete

The city hall of Huete showing it is the city hall: City of Huete city hall

The tourist office of Huete in Spanish on the Monastery of the MercyTourist office of Huete on the Monastery

The library of Huete on the city of Huete webpage: City of Huete on the Library

The museum of contemporary Arts Florencio de la FuenteTourist office of Huete on the museum

There you go a huge monument of great architectural and historical value right in a off the beaten path town of the Province of Cuenca, Huete. See it, very nice indeed, many memorable moments for my family there.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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