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SACROMONTE ABBEY?

The monument

After ascending the seven slopes at the end of Sacromonte’s road , we find ourselves facing a monumental site. Although the Abbey’s Architectural presence is that of a grand one-piece building, its construction is one of evolution and growth.

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The Sacred Caves

The great Christian work Sacromonte Abbey is today has its origin in the underground ovens where the relics of the Christian martyrs, St. Cecilius, first Archbishop of Granada, and his followers, St. Hiscius and St. Patricius, were found.

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The Collegiate Church

The Church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, stands inside the Abbey’s monumental complex. Walking along the Abbey we find a building divided in a roman-cross plant, with a wide monumental space open in three naves: a high central aisle and two lower lateral aisles. From the Main Chapel one can see the Choir on the upper half of the central nave, resembling the structure of bigger churches and Cathedrals.

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The Choir

The Collegiate Church’s Choir is impressive. From the Main Chapel one can see the splendid wood-carved stalls and the great lectern where the Abbey’s extraordinary song books were placed. On one side, hanging above the central nave, we find the still in use organ. We can recreate the time when the canons met to pray the hours and sing their songs. There is music especially composed for this particular Choir’s liturgy.

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The Upper floor

The upper floor, in the building’s centre line, sustains the Abbey’s interior corridors. Although these spaces are not open to the general visit, it is where the Abbey is more alive, once full of students, and today still kept in use.

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St. Dionysius Church

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This small church, at the back of the Rectory building, is built in a 19th century neo-gothic style and has been fully restored recently. St. Dionysius Church is one of the less known and most surprising constructions in the heritage site which Sacromonte Abbey is.

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The Cloister

The Abbey’s life stems from the Cloister, and reaches every place of prayer and recreation inside. The original design included a total of four cloisters, each with the dimensions of this only one which was finally constructed. It has become the great opening hall into the grandiosity of the building.

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Art collection

Like a museum, the works of art and some elements in the Abbey’s great history are displayed in the four rooms that form the permanent exhibition venue today. The first room displays copies of the “leaden books”. Their content and their link to the Abbey are described in text.

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Restoration workshop

Art lovers can also find inside the Abbey the restoration workshop which serves the artistic heritage of the church in the province of Granada. A new addition to the Abbey’s life, Lourdes and Lola Blanca, in charge of the workshop, put all their loving in this very delicate task.

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