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Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital

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Iglesia de San Juan del Hospital

174 Reviews
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Roberto D wrote a review Jan 2020
32 contributions12 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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backpacker31 wrote a review Jan 2020
Boynton Beach, Florida5,376 contributions1,009 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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ldybuilder wrote a review Oct 2019
La Quinta, California62 contributions10 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Philip P wrote a review May 2019
Herentals, Belgium779 contributions186 helpful votes
When I visited it was (too) busy with a holy mess, I think related to a marriage. Take some time to read the (hi)story of the buildings.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Jeremy G wrote a review Feb 2019
York, United Kingdom121 contributions25 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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