A cloistered life

I finally found my way into the former cloister of the San Stefano church.

Cloister of San Stefano

 There are so many relics mounted onto the walls around the cloister.


The entry to the cloister is from Campo San Angelo.  The building is currently being used by  government agencies.
I stopped to take a photo of the canal that runs under San Stefano. Then I noticed an interesting feature on the archway.
Now, I want to see this from the other side

 The post today brought 2 cards from different parts of the globe. Thank you to Ellen, from New York city, and Elaine, who is from Montreal, but sent her card from Paris, where she has been spending her holidays.



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21 responses to “A cloistered life

  1. Bert

    If you are still following this, I would suggest that you contact the Patronata Municipal Fundación Albaicín the email address is given at the bottom of the home page of that website I gave above.


  2. Bert

    Ester, I have visited Granada a couple or three times, but I don’t know about the Carmenes. I googled ‘carmenes granada’ and found this site near the top http://www.albaicin-granada.com/nueva/carmenes/textos4.htm.
    My Spanish is very limited, so I clicked ‘Translate this page’. What I read seemed pretty comprehensive. If you need more, I’m sure there is a Granada forum on TripAdvisor where somebody could help you.


    • ester

      These carmenes are fascinating and mysterious. Very high walls surround them. I have been told from a spanish citizen that these carmens are unique in the world. The gardens inside are made like the hanging gardens of Babylon. I read that these carmens are of arabic origin. There is a kind of melancholy while walking in these gardens. I wish I could
      have a look at them. Now to my question. Anyone studying the story of the Inquisition knows that on Saturday the priests used to look down on Granada to see if there was smoke coming out of the chimneys. If no smoke that meant there
      were Jews living in that house as they don’t cook on Saturdays. They then descended and
      took the Jew to the dungeon. Is that why you can’t see
      anything from the top ? Why these very high walls ?
      When the Jews were expelled from Spain, what happened
      to their houses ? Were these carmenes their houses ?
      If yes, the proof would be to know if there are hidden
      stairways, under these houses where the Jews could
      escape ….. while walking through the streets of the Albacin
      you can’t escape the haunting feeling of mystery and questions surrounding these carmenes …..


  3. Bert

    There are two versions of the rooster story, one from Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain, and another similar tale from Barcelos, Portugal. In both legends, a pilgrim was wrongly accused of theft. He or his parents prayed to St James, and his innocence was proved when a cooked rooster, about to be eaten, came to life and crowed. There is a painting attributed to Antonio Palma in San Giacomo (St James) dall’Orio of the Miracle of St James Resurrecting the Rooster.


  4. Bert

    Yvonne, you must visit Granada! The Alhambra is an absolutely essential experience. There is a famous line by Francisco de Icaza: Dale limosna, mujer, que no hay en la vida nada como la pena de ser ciego en Granada.[Give him alms, woman, for in this life there is nothing so pitiable as to be blind in Granada] said to a woman who would have passed a blind beggar in Granada.


  5. ester

    Good evening
    I like reading y/articles. Any chance you’ve been to Granada in Spain ? I’m asking because I have a few questions on that town and no one seems to know the answer. Searched in the net too.


  6. The tax department, no wonder there were all those folks with an abacus in each hand. 🙂

    Bert, I know you love a challenge. Can you please find out about the Palma painting of St James resurrecting a rooster?! Why would a rooster deserve resurrection? Was St James bored at the dinner party?


  7. Bert

    If I remember rightly, the building is used by the tax department, and so it is open to the public. In case you may be thinking that Yvonne got the name wrong, ‘San Stefano’ is the Venetian version; ‘Santo Stefano’ is the Italian. It is (I’m pretty sure) the only church in Venice with a canal running underneath it. It must be a pretty safe place to park your boat.


  8. Well, FS, it wasn’t quite like the other place I shared with you. The door was open, that is as good as an engraved invitation to me!


  9. Sono di Chicago

    You get into all the best places….

    So how’d you get in? Was this a matter of asking a caretaker? Or a matter of not asking anyone and just nosing your way in?

    Or, is this just another beautiful public space the public never sees?


  10. Wish I could send you a card from Mexico, but you would never get it. Nuns should be walking in this building, not government types.


  11. Michelle



  12. San Stefano……..sigh


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