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Monastry of the Holy Face (Monasterio de la Santa Faz)

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Monastry of the Holy Face (Monasterio de la Santa Faz)

The monatery with a mystery.

According to tradition, in the Monastery of the Holy Face in Alicante, the enclosed St. Clare nuns have kept, since the 16th century, a relic from the last minutes of Jesus' life: a blood-stained cloth that could be the one Veronica used to wipe the sweat and blood from Jesus' face on his way to the Calvary, whose face became impressed on the cloth. This is one of the cloths that have been acknowledged by the Vatican as authentic, and arrived in Alicante in the 15th century as a present from Rome to the Alicante priest Pedro Mena. There is little left of the original cloth, since wealthy families at the time paid to keep pieces of it. During the Civil War, the relic was hidden to save it from the anticlerical pillaging.



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