Tourists and visitors don’t just go to Avila to see the famed Murallas or Walls that surround the city. There’s another reason – to visit the Convent of St Theresa of Avila. Thousands of Catholic pilgrims pass by this convent to honor the Saint known for her spiritual contemplation and mysticism. She’s a Carmelite nun who made reforms within the organization to encourage her peers to live and lead an ascetic life.
The chapel is filled with scenes of her life. She is known to show her power of levitation.
In this Baroque Church, pilgrims can still see traces of St. Theresa.
In the museum, you will find some things that belong to St Theresa herself and those of St John of the Cross. The two Saints worked together to improve the Order of the Carmelite.
Also in the Relics Room (aka Museum), visitors will see St. Theresa’s finger from the right hand. There’s also a rosary and a cord that she used to flog herself.
A small garden where St. Theresa used as a playground when she was a child is still here, too.
The Spanish love St. Theresa of Avila that they made her as Patron Saint of the nation. In the town of Alba de Tormes, an hour drive from Avila, pilgrims will have a glimpse of the Saint’s virtuous heart and arm that are preserved in another Carmelite convent.
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