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Iglesia del Patriarca o del Corpus Christi

| Plaza del Patriarca, 46002 Valencia, Spain
+34 692 49 17 69
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A very nice statue

Whilst doing our whistle stop tour of Valencia, which involved many miles of walking to take in all... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Larry G
Cambridge, United Kingdom
via mobile
Guided tour El Patriarca

During our vacation in Valencia in September we had two most wonderful guided tours with Valencia... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Ivar V
Helsinki, Finland
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The Royal College Seminary of Corpus Christi, known as the Patriarch, is an institution founded in 1583 which had as its main mission to train priests according to the spirit and provisions of the Council of Trent, as stated the founder himself in San Juan de Ribera their constitutions, becoming the paradigm of the Counter-Reformation in Valencia. It was declared a National Monument in 1962. In addition to the relevance of their church decorated with fresco paintings by Matarana or its cloister, one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture with columns made of Carrara marble, among the works of art-historical importance that are preserved in our Museum highlights paintings by Caravaggio, El Greco, Van Der Weyden, Benlliure or Pinazo Ribalta and others, as well as the original manuscript of the posthumous work of Sir Thomas More, martyr British chancellor of the church, written during his imprisonment in the Tower London before his execution that took place on July 6, 1535. This valuable manuscript, called 'Instructions and Prayers' or 'Tristia Christi (The Agony of Christ)', which can be considered a true spiritual testament, was saved by his daughter Margaret, who did reach Spain with the help of Emperor Charles V.
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“last supper” (2 reviews)
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| Plaza del Patriarca, 46002 Valencia, Spain
+34 692 49 17 69
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

Whilst doing our whistle stop tour of Valencia, which involved many miles of walking to take in all the key sites within a single day, we very briefly visited the Iglesia del Patriarca o del Corpus Christi. The architectural layout of the buildings inner square...More

Thank Larry G
Reviewed 3 October 2017

During our vacation in Valencia in September we had two most wonderful guided tours with Valencia Ars Magna – we went to El Patriarca and to El Real Monasterio de la Santísima Trinidad de Valencia in different days of course. Both buildings are really interesting...More

Thank Ivar V
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The chapel is well worth the visit, in combination with cloister and museum. I spent perhaps 30 minutes in the chapel, most people will need less time.

Thank MaP67FFM
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Take the time to visit. Not only beautiful, but hearing the priests/monks singing was a wonderful and unexpected surprise

2  Thank kcoers
Reviewed 11 February 2017

The guided tour (for which advance reservations are required) is interesting, but as other reviewers have commented, it doesn't allow enough time to savor all the beauty. The art museum can be visited without a guide (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily), as can the...More

1  Thank fanoffrance
Reviewed 30 November 2016

The building and its history are unique, both historically and architecturally. The guided visit, which can so often be a drag, was an absolute delight, with real insights and value-added, helping us to see things that we might have missed, and adding anecdotes pf interest...More

Thank jb5753
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Went on a guided tour, from the website this appeared to be the only option to visit, however the guide was engaging and informative and the tour was in English. The museum holds paintings by Caravaggio & El Greco, manuscripts from Thomas More and many...More

Thank dave13beadling
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

A seminary with a Renaissance cloister, small museum and church. We were greeted by a friendly staff. It was 2 Euros to visit the museum. You can see the 2 Caravaggios, an El Greco, and many works by Ribalta. A must visit!

Thank naky00
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Situated at the side of the college and a square that had a free traditional Valencian music concert on the Saturday night, this unassuming church is beautiful inside it has beautiful Renaissance cloisters and amazing frescoes that dominate the front part of the church and...More

Thank BrotherPete
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We loved the inside of this particular cathedral a feast for the eyes to be had the workmanship is amazing and hard to believe that it was constructed so many years ago.

Thank Ian D
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