Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Soterrana, Santa Maria la Real de Nieva

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Nuestra Señora de la Soterraña is a Gothic church and monastery located at Santa María la Real de Nieva, Province of Segovia, Spain. It was built between late 14th and early 15th centuries.In 1920, two of its elements, the facade and the cloister, were designated as national monuments. Its present designation is Bien de Interés Cultural.HistoryIn 1392, a wooden sculpture of Mary was discovered buried, probably hidden since Muslim invasion, in a piece of open ground at the municipality of Nieva, where the village of Santa María de Nieva sits now. This fact was considered a miracle, and the Queen Catherine of Lancaster ordered the building of a sanctuary there and a village around it, to the worship of that Virgin’s image, called Soterraña, an old Spanish word that means 'subterranean'. She did it against the opinions of the priest of Nieva, that wanted to bring the image to his village, and nobility of Segovia that preferred moving it to the town. However, the Queen aquieved two papal bulls from Clement VII, in February 1393, to released the sanctuary from the Nieva’s priest jurisdiction, and getting indulgences for the visitors in certain days.
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  • Monastery church of Nuestra Señora de la Soterraña located in the Segovian town of Santa Maria la Real de Nieva. Spectacular example of Gothic in Castile. The origin is marked by the apparition A shepherd, named Pedro Amador, of the Blessed Virgin. It ran around the year 1390, and after claiming a couple of times to the head of Segovia of these apparitions, they finally listened to him and made a temple at the site of the apparition. It is a totally spectacular installation, Very well maintained and with lots of art. The Queen of Navarra is buried white, and there are also the remains of the aforementioned shepherd. The visit has been free of charge by the people of the town very friendly and attentive, being a totally recommended place.
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  • It is a very nice monastery and very well preserved. The cloister is beautiful. The capitals of the columns are beautifully decorated and preserved where you can see images of the time. The church is also very nice. It impresses the floor completely covered with wooden tombs and some stone. Without a doubt, a unique and free experience.
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