Plaza del cristo de los faroles

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Plaza del cristo de los faroles

What to do in cordoba spain

The Christ of the Desagravios and Mercy, popularly known as the Christ of the Lanterns, is a sculpture located in the city of Cordoba and made in 1794 by the sculptor Juan Navarro León, being its promoter the Franciscan Capuchin Fray Diego José de Cádiz. [1] It is located in one of the most traditional places in Cordoba, the Plaza de Capuchinos, very close to the Cuesta del Bailio, and its name is due to the fact that it is illuminated by eight lanterns that surround it and give it its popular name.

Formerly, the Plaza de Capuchinos belonged to the courtyard of the convent of Santo Angel (Capuchinos), being disentailed during several stages during the nineteenth century, among other things, for being a place of transit between two very popular neighborhoods of Cordoba.[2] In addition, the square retains its original cobblestones.

Plaza de la corredera

Because it truly looks as if it had been carved from the very rock where it rises, as if it had always been there and only needed someone to bring it to light. Its power of attraction is such that it completely cancels out the beautiful Capuchin Square that serves as a frame, which enhances it, involuntarily with its white canvases of bare, empty walls, but which make it the best backdrop for the Christ.Christ of the Desagravios and Mercies, Christ of the people of Cordoba and of the indulgences, granted by simply praying a creed before his image. Three hundred and sixty days of forgiveness and mercy.

It was a brief visit to Cordoba. I was thinking only of visiting the mosque-cathedral, having lunch and strolling through the nearby streets, but during the train ride to the city, a neighbor recommended me to pass by this charming square presided by the Christ of the Lanterns, and fortunately, I followed his advice. After lunch, I decided to go up to the square and there I met these two improvised gardeners: one of them was going over the flowers under the cross, and I seem to remember that he was also arranging the candles placed there, while the other, the more daring one, was pampering several plants located on a sort of terrace.

Cordoba (spain)

It is not (only) the magnificent temples that overlook the square, the Santo Angel de los Capuchinos (to which the square originally belonged), or the chapel of Los Dolores, nor the two brotherhoods that are found around it.

It is difficult to explain, and only those who have been to this kind of places (so common in Andalusia) will understand the magnetic sense of a square or a simple corner that the collective memory has made mythical through emotions.

It is impressive at Easter, but whoever visits it outside these dates where the Andalusian sensitivity comes to compose its most magnificent emotional symphonies, I recommend a daily day, without too many people in the streets, especially at dusk, up the slope of Bailio.

You will be fascinated by the immense emptiness in which floats, safeguarded by its lanterns, this Christ in the immensity of the dark, as if the night amplifies the spaces and surrounds them with an unusual power.

Monument to manolete

The city of Cordoba can be valued from different points of view: for its urban layout, for its buildings, for its squares, etc., that conform the personality of the city and are an authentic symbol of what it was and what it is. In the eighteenth century Cordoba recorded a remarkable implantation of religious orders, the most popular among them being the Capuchin Franciscans, to which belonged Fray Diego José de Cádiz inspired the popular monument of the Cristo de los Desagravios y Misericordia, now popularly known as Cristo de los Faroles (Christ of the Lanterns), which was the work of Juan Navarro León in 1794. Located in one of the most beautiful and mystical squares of Cordoba, Plaza de los Capuchinos, which was named after the austere Franciscan convent founded in 1629 on some houses belonging to the Marquis of Almunia.