Ex-convento de San Francisco - A Coruña, Galicia, España
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ariberna
N 43° 22.146 W 008° 23.372
29T E 549459 N 4801984
Quick Description: Convent san Francisco (ruins)
Location: Galicia, Spain
Date Posted: 4/3/2021 3:15:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM142VA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
"Although there are quotations from 1262 and 1279 on the "minor friars of A Coruña" the first written testimony about the existence of the convent dates from 1423. The convent housed figures such as Alfonso XI in 1345, Emperor Charles V , who congregated the Cortes there in 1520, before leaving for Germany, and his son, the future Philip II, in 1554.

In 1589 the Marquis of Cerralbo, captain general of Galicia, ordered the convent to be set on fire to prevent it from being used by the English during the siege of Drake, but it was later rebuilt on the same site. In 1651 it underwent a new fire due to the explosion of the near powder magazine of San Carlos, located where at the moment it is the garden of the same name.

After the secularization of 1835 it was converted into a correctional prison and later the premises of the 8th General Company of the Army were installed, so that the church was gradually demolished. At the beginning of the 20th century only part of the convent's façade was preserved and the rest was adapted for military use. In 1964, the church was moved to its current location, and although it was in operation, it failed to complete access through its main façade. The existing configuration of the church dates from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, although in its new location has been greatly modified. Reconstruction was done from the three head chapels, a 16th-century chapel that has been relocated and the main façade."

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Full name of the abbey/monastery/convent: San Francisco

Praza Carlos 1
La Coruña, A Coruña, Galicia España

Religious affiliation: Franciscanos

Date founded/constructed: s. XIII

Web Site: [Web Link]

Status of Use: Restored Ruin

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