Monasterio de San Clemente

Monasterio de San Clemente (50)

This is yet another of the many monasteries that populate the Andalusian capital. In this case, the Monasterio de San Clemente was founded in 1248 by Ferdinand III the Saint, who entered the city of Seville with his troops on 23rd November, which is Saint Clement’s festival day. The decision was therefore made to build a monastery dedicated to the Pontiff. Additionally, he also decided that an order of Cistercian nuns would occupy this new shrine. 

From an architectural perspective, this building is very heterogeneous, given that it mixes styles that go from those dating to the 13th century to others from the 18th century. Behind its walls, there is a cloister with palms and orange trees, as well as aqueducts with a side entrance to the church.

Once inside, you will see that the church’s nave is covered with a splendid Mudejar-style coffered ceiling. Also pay special attention to the magnificent tiles dating back to 1558 that you’ll find on the floor.

However, one of the jewels of this site is the altarpiece created by Felipe de Rivas, considered one of the greatest creations of the Sevillian baroque movement. 

Equally important is the gold and silver work owned by the church. The salt shaker of Saint Ferdinand and the bronze lamp of Beatriz de Castilla are of special note, created in medieval times, as well as the 19th century Monstrance that has presided over the Eucharist Procession of San Julián since 2003.

Additionally, pay special attention to the beautiful frescos that date from the beginning of the 18th century, created by Valdés Leal and his son, Lucas Valdés. The entrance contains one that represents the “triumphant arrival of Saint Ferdinand into Seville.”

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