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The Templar Iglesia Vera Cruz (Church of the True Cross) – a 15 minute walk from the Alcazar, is one of the most interesting of several splendid Romanesque churches in Segovia. Consecrated in 1208, Vera Cruz was built by the Knights Templar to house a fragment of the True Cross. However, it is now believed to be the Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem that constructed the church.. It is thus not really a parish church or even a monastic church, but primarily a shrine. The relic is now housed in the nearby village church at Zamarramala.
As is visible on the photograph, Vera Cruz has a unique 12-sided exterior with a tower on the south side. Its shape is patterned on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where according to legend the True Cross was found by St. Helena in the 4th century.

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  • Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 38 N: 570] (2255)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-06-06
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-08-09 1:29
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