The Church of Vera Cruz of Segovia!!

This is a wonderful find in my vault, ok one picture but worth a post in my blog. I actually not been inside but just passed by it and took the picture from the Alcazar fortress, see belltower on right. Let me tell you and me a bit of an introduction to the Church of Vera Cruz or True Cross of Segovia!!

The Church of Vera Cruz, formerly known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is located in the San Marcos district of the city of Segovia, in the autonomous community of Castilla Y Léon. It has a nave with a dodecagonal laidout that surrounds a small central aedicula with two levels, to which were added the apses and the tower. It is one of the best preserved examples of this style in Europe !


The construction of this temple has traditionally been attributed to the Knights Templar, but currently it is believed that the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem carried out its construction. The temple was dedicated on September 13, 1208, as evidenced by the tombstone facing the side door, In 1531 the building was returned to the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem. On May 31, 1951, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta again took possession of this church and is responsible for its conservation and custody. It is a Catholic religious order with functional sovereignty and an international charitable organization. It is one of the organizations that took over from the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, also, intervenes occasionally with emergency first aid missions during natural disasters, or humanitarian aid for refugees during armed conflicts. It is currently present in more than 120 countries around the world. The seat of the Order is in Rome, via dei Condotti, near the Spanish Steps. The Order is considered a subject of public international law, exercising functional sovereignty, different from state sovereignty. Its heraldic motto is, in Latin, “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum” or Defense of the Faith and Assistance to the Poor.

The Sovereign Order of Malta descended from the Ospitalarii, the first hospitaller monks serving at St. John’s Hospice in Jerusalem. There is disagreement among historians as to whether the Sovereign Order of Malta “is” or “is not” the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, whether it “succeeds” it or “resumes” it, Its tradition and its history claim that it ceased to exist by basing this assertion on factual elements outside of religious conditions such as the confiscation of property in France by the French revolution, the expropriation of Malta from the order of Saint John of Jerusalem by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1798, the confiscation of the property of some of the grand priories outside France , the appropriation of the order by Paul I, the abdication of Grand Master Ferdinand de Hompesch in 1799, the refusal to recognize the election of Fra’ Caracciolo by Pope Pius VII in 1809, the definitive loss of the island of Malta by the Treaty of Paris in 1814 or the multiplication of orders claiming to be the order of St. John of Jerusalem from the second half of the 19C. There are approximately 13,500 members of the Sovereign Order of Malta and 80,000 regular volunteers around the world who support hospital activities. There are now only 56 professed of the 13,500 members of the Order of which only 12 in the whole Order belong to the nobility and can be elected Grand Master. The Order in France celebrates Saint John the Baptist on June 24 when its members meet at the Palace of Versailles.

The official Order of Malta Church of the True Cross or Vera Cruz :

The Segovia tourist office on the church

There you go folks, one of the best of Spain, and plenty to see in architecture, history, personalities, and gastronomy/wines you should be there and we will be back! Segovia forever! Hope you enjoy this introduction to the Church of the True Cross or Vera Cruz.

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

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