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Convent of Santiago in Granada (Convento de las Comendadoras de Santiago)

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The Camino association in Almeria has launched a GoFundMe appeal to support the convent of Santiago in Granada, which is currently under severe measures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It’s my understanding that the convent is self supporting in normal times. It provides hospitality to visitors to Granada - including pilgrims on the Camino Mozarabe - and it derives an income from providing lodging, meals, and also selling sweets that the nuns make. In addition to its activity in Granada, the convent supports a school in Equatorial Guinea.

However, under the current circumstances, the convent cannot offer its usual acogita - and it needs our support to keep going. Please contribute what you can via the GoFundMe page below.

I will post some more details about the convent in the next post on this thread.

 
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Here are some words from Veronica of the Almeria association (posted on the friends of the Camino Mozarabe Facebook site):

Desde la Asociación Jacobea de Almeria-Granada Camino Mozárabe, debido a la situación sanitaria y a las restricciones actuales que se viven en el mundo entero,hacemos un llamamiento en beneficio de la congregación de "Las Comendadoras de Santiago" en Granada.
Comunidad religiosa con mas de 500 años de historia,enfocada desde sus origenes a la asistencia, ayuda del mas necesitado y en la hospitalidad ,acogida del peregrino.
Una comunidad que hasta este momento se sustentaba gracias a la hospederia(dando alojamiento en sus instalaciones), ofrececiendo sus salones y habilidades gastronomicas,para eventos y reuniones,actividades remuneradas que reinvierten en en comedores y ayudas sociales,de las que dependen diariamente decenas de familias necesitadas de Granada.
y que se han visto interrumpidas a causa del estado de alarma en toda la comunidad andaluza y en concreto en Granada.
Rogamos puedan participar con un donativo para ayudar a sufragar gastos y continuen con todos los proyectos humanitarios que llevan a cabo.



CONVENTO DE LAS COMENDADORAS DE SANTIAGO
El convento de las Comendadoras de Santiago se creó en 1501 gracias al apoyo de los Reyes Católicos. Fue la primera fundación de religiosas femeninas de Granada. Los reyes quisieron recompensar a los caballeros santiaguistas y miembros de la nobleza por los servicios prestados a la Corona de Castilla, durante la reconquista. Con su construcción honraban también al patrón y protector de España, el Apóstol Santiago.


La reina Isabel I la Católica se encargó personalmente de asegurar una buena dotación económica para la orden religiosa de Santiago. Hernando de Talavera, primer Arzobispo de Granada y confesor de la reina Isabel, cedió a los Reyes Católicos un conjunto de viviendas y tierras, que fueron propiedad de la madre de Boabdil, y que estaban situadas en el barrio del Realejo, para establecer allí el convento.

La iglesia fue construida en su mayor parte en el siglo XVI. La portada principal está conformada por un amplio arco de medio punto, con el escudo de armas de los Reyes Católicos. Desde el pórtico se da acceso al compás del convento, y de allí a la iglesia, a la torre-campanario y al convento

Desde el convento de las Comendadoras de Santiago, se ofrece acogida y hospitalidad en el Camino de Santiago en su vertiente andaluza, conocido como el Camino Mozárabe.
Un lugar lleno de historia y simbolismo,en esa busqueda personal y espiritual, dentro de este recorrido único.


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Since the Jacobea Association of Almeria-Grenada MozArab Road, due to the health situation and the current restrictions living throughout the world, we call for the congregation of the Santiago Commendators in Grenada.
Religious community with over 500 years of history, focused from its origins to assistance, assistance to the most needy and hospitality, receiving the pilgrim.
A community which was so far supported by hosting(accommodation at its facilities), offering its halls and gastronomic skills, for events and meetings, remunerated activities reinvesting into dining halls and social aid, on which dozens of families in need in Grenada are dependent daily on.
and that they have been interrupted because of the alarm state throughout the Andalusian community, in particular in Grenada.
We beg you to participate with a donation to help cover expenditure and continue with all the humanitarian projects you carry out.



CONVENTION OF THE SANTIAGO COMPENDENT
The convent of the Commanders of Santiago was established in 1501 thanks to the support of the Catholic Kings. It was the first foundation of female religious religious in Grenada. The kings wanted to reward the Knights Santiaguists and members of nobility for the services provided to the Crown of Castile during the reconquest. With its construction they also honored the pattern and protector of Spain, the Apostol Santiago.


Queen Elizabeth I, the Catholic, personally, took charge of ensuring a good economic strength for the religious order of Santiago. Hernando de Talavera, the first Archbishop of Grenada and the confessor of Queen Elizabeth, gave to the Catholic Kings a set of housing and land, which were owned by Boabdil's mother, and which were located in the neighborhood of the Reallejo, to establish the convent there.

The church was built mostly in the 16th century. The main cover is made up of a large half-point arch, with the weapons shield of the Catholic Kings. From the portico, access to the bar of the convent, and from there to church, tower-bell tower and convent

From the convent of the Commendators of Santiago, host and hospitality is offered on the Santiago Road on its Andalusa side, known as the MozArabic Road.
A place full of history and symbolism, in this personal and spiritual search, within this unique tour.
 

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It's a very special place to stay and I hope they manage to weather this storm as they have earthquakes, invasions and other disasters in the over 500 years of their history. Secluded but central, and right on the Mozárabe. I didn't know non-pilgrims could stay there too - I doubt I'll ever sleep anywhere else if I visit Granada as a "mere" tourist, assuming they survive, which they will.

I've stayed there twice. It's welcoming, comfortable and charitable, and the multi-national community of nuns were utterly charming. Once I arrived in time for a very convivial communal lunch, sitting with a friendly Cordobés family who didn't even know they lived on a Camino de Santiago, and who gave me a lot of useful advice for the next week's walk, and on how to navigate Cordóba.

And the nuns' almond and syrup sweets were really delicious.

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