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Monasterio de La Encarnación: The Seven Mansions

The Seven Mansions

The Convent of the Incarnation (La Encarnación) was the convent St Teresa joined in Ávila, and after being elected Prioress, she attempted to reform this Carmelite convent. In fact, this convent was only reformed in 1940! The courtyard in front of the convent (shown above) features the seven chambers of the 'Interior Castle' which is central to St Teresa's spiritual writings on the stages of Christian perfection.

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