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THE ABBEY OF SACROMONTE - History

THE ABBEY OF SACROMONTE - Camino del Sacromonte s/n.

Description of the surroundings

The “El Sacromonte” compound is surrounded by: -The Holy Caves (Las Santas Cuevas), -The Abbey (17th-18th centuries), -The Old School of St. Dionisio Areopagita (El Colegio Viejo de St. Dionisio Areopagita) (17th century), - The New School (19th century). “Ambrosio de Vico”, architect and witness of the discoverings, was in charge of the ordonnance plan. The construction works started around 1600 and were not finished until the 19th century. “Pedro Sánchez” was in charge of the design of the monument, and the stone cutter was “Ginés Martínez de Salazar”. But of this first project, and because the archbishop “Castro” (the committent) went to Seville in 1610, only the courtyard, the church and the south nave of the monument were constructed. The construction continued in 1711 thanks to the contributions of the archbishop “D. Martín Azcargorta”. The Abbey, from where we can contemplate the Sacromonte Valley, is located on the top of the “Valparaíso” hill at the end of the road of the seven slopes. Along this path, with marvellous views of the “Avellano” fountain, we can contemplate four of the monumental crosses placed at this hill during the 17th century by the different guilds, families and people devout of these “holy places”. From here we can admire a beautiful view: the Alhambra, the Christian city, the Albayzin and Jesus del valle... The access can be through the Sacromonte road, that starts at the “Peso de la Harina” situated at the middle of the “Chapiz” Slope (Cuesta del Chapiz), or through the “St. Antonio” road that starts at “Haza Grande”.

The actual legislation – Law of the Historical Spanish and Andalusian Patrimony- gives this monument the character of Cultural Interest (B.I.C.), which means it has the highest protection from the State.

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