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The convent of Saint Mary of Jesus in Sevilla

The convent of Saint Mary of Jesus in Sevilla

It’s often easy to fall into the temptation of thinking that there’s only one world. In reality it’s not just a thought but more of a rejection to reflect on the subject, maybe not just due to intellectual laziness but because of a preservation instinct towards the destructive power of abyss. 

Zarathustra reminded us that there isn’t a place in the universe where one doesn’t confront, if they open their eyes, the contemplation of the abyss. Maybe that’s why the best part of us prefers to maintain them shut most of the time, because a lot of courage would be needed to look straight at an abyss, a lot of courage would be needed to say yes to pleasure – that richer, deeper, more terrible and monstrous than suffering, it wants profound eternity of all things – knowing that with that we’re saying yes to all pain and suffering. 

Vertigo is a mix of fear of one self to fall and be destroyed and the unconscious desire that it happens, the desire and the attraction that the abyss exercises. Despite that “courage even kills vertigo next to the abyss, and in what place would a man be if he wasn’t by the abyss! The simple act of looking – isn’t it looking at the abyss?

That’s why we usually renounce thinking about that and we pretend that we live in a unique world but, actually, there are so many worlds and realities which are incommunicable (the experience is, essentially, incommunicable, which doesn’t stop the continuous reception of sensations that allow encounters and turn us into artists of the senses) as there are live beings in the cosmos.

Thus it’s rigorously impossible to withdraw from the world. Maybe that’s why expression, for people that down the centuries have decided to stand out of the common rhythm of of things, hasn’t been withdrawing from the world but withdrawing from the century. Even so, today, in the middle of modern cities completely alienated from what’s going on in the inside of the enclosed convents, where people choose to go into them one day and not leave them for the rest of their lives.

That was the case of Sister Teresita – whose real name was Valeria – who went into the convent of Buenafuente del Sistal (province of Guadalajara) at the age of 19, on April 16th 1927 – curiously the same day that the current Pope Benedict XVI was born – and whose interview is one of the main moments of the book which has just come out in Spain What is a girl like you doing in a place like this? whose author Jesús García tries to gives us a closer look to the reasons that these women have to go into this kind of monstrous and delicate life.

The 17 enclosed convents in Sevilla, eight of which can be visited, occupy a prominent place in the enormous historical and artistic historical patrimony of the city. Being the case, as an example, the magnificent monastery of the Poor Clare of Saint Mary of Jesus, founded by Don Álvaro of Portugal in 1502.

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It is a very intimate and sacred place, the best thing is to visit them alone and think about your things while you admire it.

Just because it’s small don’t think it doesn’t have artistic value, in Seville there’s a lot of art around every corner.

👉 What are you going to find inside?

You can enjoy a rectangular church, with a single nave, which is accessed from one side.

There are no side chapels or altarpieces attached to the walls, like other constructions.

It is divided into the public area and the enclosed area as the typical churches belonging to the convents.

The central part shows a barrel vault divided into sections decorated with plant motifs.

The presbytery has a wooden coffered vault made at the end of the 16th century with ornaments.

All its decoration is dedicated to saints.