BELENES IN MADRID

BELENES IN MADRID »

8 Dec, 2021
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Saint Francis of Assisi, who spent time in Madrid in 1214 on his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, is credited for creating the first live nativity scene in 1223 in order to cultivate the worship of Christ. The scene's popularity inspired communities throughout Christian countries to stage similar exhibitions. Go visit the belenes (Nativity Scenes) in Madrid. See GUIDEPOST's list!

SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá

SWEET AND SAINTLY: (1) The Candied Almonds of the Poor Clares of Alcalá »

15 Sep, 2021
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The documented existence of the caramelized almonds in Alcalá de Henares, 35 km northeast of the nation's capital, dates back to the 18th century although it is probably Arab in origin and as such these garrapiñadas (the Spanish name for candied almonds) would date much further back. You can buy the garrapiñadas at the stores but there’s nothing like buying them from the Convent of the Poor Clares of San Diego in Alcalá, probably the nearest thing to the candied almonds’ birthplace. The garrapiñadas are exquisite. And so is the experience of buying them at the Convent.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Monuments, San Francisco el Grande,” 11 September 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Monuments, San Francisco el Grande,” 11 September 1970 »

13 Jun, 2021
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"On the spot where the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande stands today, St Francis of Assisi erected a small hut after he arrived in Madrid in 1217. This humble dwelling became a small monastery and refuge for the poor. In the fourteenth century, it was replaced by a larger one which was remodeled and enlarged in 1617. During the 17th century, it was one of Madrid’s most popular churches. It contained many fabulous tombs, including that of the wife of King Henry IV. Finally, in 1760, the older buildings were razed, in order to make way for a more magnificent structure. The one that stands today."