Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, Segovia

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Built by the Knights Templar to house a piece of the True Cross, or the cross that Jesus was crucified on, Iglesia de la Vera Cruz was constructed to be a shrine. However, the fragment of the cross didn't stay in the structure long: it's currently located in a village church nearby. The shrine now stands as a historical curiosity, distinguished by 12 walls whose geometric shape is broken only by a tower on the south side. Visit the lookout point near the Alcazar, a Moorish palace in Seville, to get the best perspective on the structure. Inside the shrine is a two-story gallery where the Knights Templar may have kept vigil over the piece of wood. Climb the tower for another view, this time of the Alcazar. Use our Segovia vacation builder app to arrange your visit to Iglesia de la Vera Cruz and other attractions in Segovia.
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  • 12 sided walls that always lives its history that they commemorate every year to show how they’re existence so importance to Spain’s lovely history.  more »
  • This simple church is very beautiful and in an extraordinary position. It makes a good walk from the centre of town and back again. A treasure.  more »
  • So interesting. A twelve sides building on the outside but rounded inside with a central educule and circular aisle. Built 1208 with parts of original murals inside. Really very well worth visiting. Location also gives excellent views of alcazar of Segovia.
  • Must see in Segovia. Additionally great view over the castle

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