Santa Maria: a Reflection of Faith
A very interesting thing about this magnet of Santa Maria de Guadalupe is that it sets the scene for what it is really like visiting the place. You get a sense for the dispersal of space amidst grand architecture. However, most people interested in this magnet souvenir from Spain are sure to find the accuracy with which it depicts the tourist attraction appealing as they can project their own experiences at the site in question every time they catch a glimpse of it.
The landscape surrounding the monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe serves as the perfect context to keep this architectural jewel which was included by UNESCO in the list of World HeritageSites in 1993. The mountains of Villuercas embrace not only the contraction but also the believers and pilgrims that reach this sacred site.
Some Interesting Facts about the Monastery
The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe dates from the Thirteenth century when a shepherd found an image of Virgin Mary by Guadalupe river and a chapel was erected in the site. This monastery has been dear to both Spanish people and Americans to such an extent that one of the most important churches in America is named after Our Lady de Guadalupe. It is said that Christopher Columbus prayed in this monastery upon his return from his first travel to America.
The monastery is a complex that includes several chapels and temples which have been added since the Fourteenth century. If visiting the monastery, the traveler can't miss the chapel of Santa Catalina, the sacristy featuring paintings by Zurbaran, the camarin de la Virgen with artwork by Luca Giordano and the Mudejar cloister. Other sites worth visiting include the Gothic cloister and the church commissioned by Christopher Columbus' family. If you are a fervent Catholic, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.