Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital

Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital, Valencia

Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital

Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital
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Conjunto fundado el 1238 por la orden de San Juan de Jerusalén. Iglesia más antigua de la ciudad de València donde aúnan el románico, el gótico y el barroco, creando en su interior una atmósfera única. Además conserva el único cementerio medieval urbano de València y uno de los pocos de Europa, donde destaca la capilla de Arnau de Romaní y restos de la espina del circo romano de València. De lunes a viernes por las mañanas se ofrecen visitas guiadas por todo el conjunto histórico. Recinto repleto de patios, con bancos, plantas y sombras donde poder descansar durante la visita a la ciudad. Un oasis de paz en el centro de la ciudad.
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permia
Ireland37,796 contributions
As the oldest church in the city it is truly atmospheric, especially so after dark when we visited.

Remarkably dating from the 1230s and founded by the Knights of the Order of St. John as their priory.

Gorgeous stone work in Romanesque and Gothic is the hallmark. Gothic arches and columns are quite unornamented, just impressive stone.

What art there is to be seen is attractive and relays biblical images and stories.
Written April 21, 2022
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,387 contributions
Solo
As someone who has walked the Camino to Santiago several times I was drawn to this church as it had the word Hospital in it. While historically this church has ties to pilgrims walking the Camino, today it is home to the Opus Dei Prelature. Dating back to the 13th century, it is one of the oldest structures in Valencia. With its soaring ceiling, massive arches, bell tower and combination of architectural styles (Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, etc.), this is quite a unique church. The courtyard area is a nice precursor to entering the chapel which is quite impressive, yet humble with its stark, stone interior and impressive frescoes.
Written January 19, 2020
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Arm Z
Dubrovnik, Croatia40 contributions
Do not miss this one, it was built probably around 1238 and it is magnificent. Say a prayer to old souls it may do you a lifetime of good and blessings ...who knows?
Actually enjoy the grand architecture of this magical place
Written July 22, 2022
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Roberto D
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You don't need to know the difference between the Hospitaller Order of St. John and the Knights Templar to enjoy the simplicity and beauty of the oldest church of Valencia. Nor do you have to be a friend of the fascist order that runs the place now; it is definitely worth a visit and, judging from the number of ratings, still a hidden gem in Valencia.
Best way to see it is with the Holy Grail tour organized by the tourist office (also a hidden gem: we were the only ones). Our guide was most friendly, knowledgeable, and - on top of it - got us a free second entrance to the cathedral and a nice recommendation for lunch.
Written January 20, 2020
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Brian_Human
Cambridge, UK938 contributions
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San Juan del Hospital stands somewhat aside from the main attractions of Valencia and so is an all the more satisfying discovery.

With roots dating back to the conquest of Valencia in 1238 and the Knights Hospitallier, it has a long and chequered history, including a period of dereliction that almost lead to its complete destruction. Now a ‘Historic-Artistic Monument of National Character’ and is run by priests of the Prelature of Opus Dei as a centre for worship.

Behind an almost blank facade the entrance court is a delight, quiet and peaceful with tiled decorations marking the Stations of the Cross. The simple nave terminates in six soaring arches coming together in an elegant apse softly lit by windows of thin sheets of alabaster (notice how on the outside they don’t look like windows at all).

A baby was being christened when we visited – a lovely way to experience a religious building.
Written October 4, 2013
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PiotrKowalski
Valencia, Spain45 contributions
Couples
Hidden between the homes in La Xerea district, the church of San Juan del Hospital remains one of my favorite churches. Modest but incredibly dignified, it's always worth visiting. If not for the church itself, then for the charming little patio you go through on your way to the actual church entrance. A beautiful place that has to be seen.
Written July 3, 2016
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Lekkermaaltijd
33210188 contributions
Couples
We loved this church! It is the oldest church in Valencia founded after the re-conquest in 1238. Since mass was going on,we began our visit in the museum and were studying the photos of some of the restoration. The lady who staffs the museum started explaining the work to us. The church survived the Arabic influence, the Romanesque and Gothic changes and the Baroque refurbishments but the Civil War was very hard on Spanish churches. Many were burned. And that meant that the priceless and irreplaceable works of art also burned. In 1943, the church was declared a National Heritage Monument but used for non-religious events such as a cinema. The priests of Opus Dei reconsecrated and began its restoration. Some of the 12th century statues on view in the side chapels were found in art dealers' shops and purchased for placement in St John's. Since the Baroque decoration had been burned away, some of the whitewash was stripped and frescoes discovered. The altar pieces in the side chapels are what you see in the art museums. And you can see them in the place where they are meant to be. Our personal guide explained the iconography of the palm frond in Santa Barbara's hand (She was martyred.), why she has a tower next to her(Her father locked her in a tower to force her to marry an infidel.), why St James holds his head on one hand (The pain and grief he suffered for Christ's agony.), and other uses of symbols. Very informative tour for a very special place.
Written October 16, 2013
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ldybuilder
La Quinta, CA61 contributions
A goose-bump experience … if you get chills over this sort of thing. After visiting all the highly gilded churches around Valencia, the austerity of this one is shocking. But the art in this church is of great religious significance. The big disappointment was not being able to visit the adjacent cemetery. A must visit!
Written October 19, 2019
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June A
Surrey, UK2,408 contributions
Tucked away in a little alleyway off the main drag it would be easy to miss this church, one of the oldest in Valencia if you didn't know it was there. Austere in some ways compared to the more ornate cathedral, it is nevertheless worth a visit to soak jup the atmosphere.
Written March 15, 2021
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Jeremy G
York, UK121 contributions
Couples
This is supposedly the oldest of Valenca's churches. It was burned out during the Civil War, but the structure is essentially of stone with a stone vault and it has been lovingly brought back to life and is now run by Opus Dei who keep it regularly open in the morning and the later afternoon. The baroque chapel of St Barbara is a jewel, though I suspect substantially reconstructed. The church houses several medieval altarpieces and some fine wooden devotional images including those of St John the Evangelist and the Virgin from the high Middle Ages. Outside and only open late morning is a remarkable cemetery and cemetery chapel. Probably very much a niche interest, I have never seen anything like it elsewhere. There are number of vertical memorail stones to early brothers of the Order of St John, each marked with a large outline cross, but otherwise thoroughly Islamic in style.
Written February 28, 2019
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