El Carmen Convent
Located between the Tajo and Tajuña Rivers, this village with a medieval layout and feel is one of the most notable of the Guadalajara province. It was the residence of noble lineages and the location of convents founded by the mystic Santa Teresa de Jesús. Its old quarter has the Property of Cultural Interest designation.
Its historical site preserves a well-kept group of beautiful buildings. The Ducal Palace (mid-16th century) is a splendid Renaissance building, as shown by its elegant façade; the legendary princess Éboli lived there. It was designed by Alonso de Covarrubias; it has a rectangular floor with corner towers and a Plateresque façade flanked by Corinthian columns. You can also visit the College of San Buenaventura (17th century) and the two convents founded by Santa Teresa de Jesús –there is also a Teresian Museum– the convents of the Franciscan Conceptionists and of El Carmen (16th century). The latter houses the Museum of Natural History. The collegiate church and parish church of Asunción (16th-17th centuries) are adjoined to the Gothic Church of the Orden del Temple (12th-14th centuries). Of the village’s artistic heritage, the Tapestry Museum stands out, which houses a series of flamenco tapestries from Tournai (15th century).
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