Sisante , deep Cuenca!

Ok so another find, looking at old posts in my blog realise there are some places that deserves more, a post on their own. This is the case of Sisante a quant lovely town in the province of Cuenca, region of Castilla La Mancha of my beloved Spain.

Let me tell you a bit of this typical small Castilian town; Sisante!

We were base in the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca, especifically at Las Majadas, (see posts) a place of many memories of family visits and good friends. We all love so much that we repeated coming here, and my dear late wife Martine fell in love with the area even thinking of retirement here. Sad could not be, life goes on, memories to take along the roads. Passing again by Sisante brings me many memorable moments in my life.

We drove it from our base in the mountains of the Serrania de Cuenca down to Cuenca and from there into the Don Quijote trail!!! Meandering by the road N420 and then the N320, CM220 to sleepy Motilla del Palancar and into the town of  Sisante with its Church of Santa Catalina.

The Church of Santa Catalina was built in the 17C although it was consolidated in the 18C. It is located in one of the highest parts of the town, exactly in the Plaza Dr Fernández Turégano square. It has a Greek cross plan, with barrel vaults and chapels that run throughout the interior. The Chapel of the Rosary stands out in one of its arms. On the outside, the buttresses and the three-section tower with a bell tower stand out. As a curious element, there is a sundial on its right side.

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The parish diocese of Cuenca has a bit more on the Church of Santa Catalina: https://www.diocesisdecuenca.es/parroquia/parroquia-de-santa-catalina-virgen-y-martir/

Other things to see in Sisante  food to come back again are

The Convent of the Clarisas Religiosas aka Nazarenas in the town; founded by Father Hortelano on May 29, 1656. The City/Town hall, located in the Plaza del Doctor Turégano opposite the side of the Church. Is a convent with two floors and a tower built with lime and stone, the latter recently renovated. The year of its construction 1789 is on the main door of the same. The Casa-Palacio La Sevillana: located on Calle del Convento is a faithful reflection of the great boom and development that took place in Sisante during the 17-18C. It dates from the late 17C and consists of a huge portal adorned by two pairs of columns on both sides and three shields, one located on the balcony and two on the sides.

There is a statue of Padre Jesús Nazareno by sculptor Luisa Roldán. The image had been commissioned by King Carlos II from his chamber sculptor, to be offered as a gift to Pope Innocent III, a detail that in itself shows how well considered Luisa Roldán was as a sculptor at that time. When Pope Innocent III died, the image was destined for the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, but when it was ready to be sent there, King Carlos II died in 1700, and the image remained in the home of Lisa Roldàn aka “La Roldana”, when she died it continues in power of her children, arriving to pass later, together with an image of the Sorrowful Virgin to the Convent of Nazarenas de Sisante (see above). The image of Jesús Nazareno was acquired by Father Cristóbal Jesús Hortelano y de la Fuente on September 14, 1711. Where it is taken out in processions in certain years.

The town of Sisante now webpage under construction : https://www.sisante.es/

The Castilla La Mancha tourist board on Sisante in English: http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/patrimonio/sisante-46731/descripcion/

There you go folks, a small spot in my road warrior travels, but big in family memories. Wonderful Castilla La Mancha for dreamers and positive hopefuls, and quant Sisante to sit and think and dream on as Don Quijote!

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

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2 Comments to “Sisante , deep Cuenca!”

  1. Another brilliant piece, very interesting. I Love reading and yet somehow I have never got round to Don Quixote, I must do it some day.

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