The Santa Faz Monastery


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In a baroque style, this monastery stands just five kilometres from the city limits, in the municipal district of the same name. It guards a relic that was brought over from The Vatican in the 15th century which, according to popular tradition, was the fabric with which Veronica dried the bleeding face of Jesus on the Way of the Cross. Every year, on the second Thursday after Easter Sunday, thousands of the city's residents make the Peregrina de la Santa Faz pilgrimage, which is Spain's biggest after the El Rocío pilgrimage. Inside there is a chapel behind the high altar where the relic of the Holy Face is kept. The altarpiece is Neo-Baroque style, and was raised in the restoration after the Civil War. Built by architect Juan Vidal Ramos and was made possible by donations from Manuel Prytz. Inside the temple are buried Oscar Esplá composer and artist Eusebio Sempere, being the only two contemporary figures who have been buried in the monastery.

Plaza Luis Foglietti, s/n. Alicante
965 655 296