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Vera Cruz, Segovia

View of the Iglesia Vera Cruz (Church of the True Cross) from the Alcazar. Segovia, Castile and Leon, Spain. The shrine church was built by the Knights Templar to house a relic of the True Cross and… Photo © David Joyal. View all images in our Vera Cruz Photo Gallery.
Photo © Steve Bailey.
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The Templar Iglesia Vera Cruz (Church of the True Cross) is the most interesting of several splendid Romanesque churches in Segovia.

History

Consecrated in 1208, Vera Cruz was built by the Knights Templar to house a fragment of the True Cross. It is thus not really a parish church or even a monastic church, but primarily a shrine. The relic is now housed in the nearby village church at Zamarramala.

What to See

Vera Cruz has a unique 12-sided exterior with a tower on the south side, which can be admired from the viewpoint near the Alcazar. Its shape is patterned on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where according to legend the True Cross was found by St. Helena in the 4th century.

Inside, the round nave centers on an unusual two-story gallery, where the Knights are thought to have kept vigil over the sliver of wood. You can climb the tower for beautiful views of the Alcazar and old city.

Quick Facts on Vera Cruz

Site Information
Names:Vera Cruz; Vera Cruz, Segovia; Iglesia Vera Cruz; Vera Cruz Church
City:Segovia
State:Castile and Leon
Country:Spain
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic; Knights Templar
Dates:1208
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Segovia, Spain
Coordinates:40.955696° N, 4.132560° W  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Vera Cruz

Below is a location map and aerial view of Vera Cruz. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

References

  1. Personal visit (exterior only; April 1, 2007).
  2. Rough Guide Spain 11 (2004), 188.
  3. Romanico en Segovia - arteguias.com

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Title:Vera Cruz, Segovia
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/26/2009
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