Valencia. St. John's Church (Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital)
Located around the corner of the temple of Thomas and Philip ChurchSan Juan del ospital (Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital on the map) was also closed on the occasion of the New year. After studying the schedule, I decided to return here tomorrow evening.
then you will see the inner "courtyard of the way of the Cross" (Patio del Via Crucis). You can pay attention to the stonework of the building of the 14th century, and the brick bell tower, added in the 17th century.
The history of the Church dates back to 1238, when the Aragonese king Jaime I the Conqueror granted the knights of the order of St. John of Jerusalem (Hospitallers) a place for a monastery in Valencia, which was liberated from the Moors. This was a sign of gratitude to the order for military and material support By 1261, the Hospitallers built a monastery, which included, in addition to the Church, as well as a hospital and cemetery for deceased patients. The main nave, in the tradition of the Hospitallers, has almost no decoration - stone walls, sometimes decorated with paintings.
The chapel of St. Barbara (Capilla de Santa Bárbara), built in the Baroque style in 1685-1689, is radically different from the ascetic Gothic main nave. The author of the project is Juan Bautista Pérez Castiel. In addition to the magnificent decoration, the chapel is notable for the fact that the ashes of the Greek Empress Constanza of Hohenstaufen (Constanza Augusta), who lived her last years in Spain, with her niece, the mother of king Jaime II of Aragon, rest here.