Convent of San Clemente

This building, from the XIII Century, is occupied by the cloister nuns of the Cistercian order of saint Bernardo. It is one of the first convents erected outside of the city walls, as was the practice in the XII Century, because the child Alfonso, son of Alfonso VII was buried inside, on the express wishes of the king. It was also specially protected by Alfonso X "The Wise", born in Toledo on the day of Saint Clemente.

It became, thanks to the will of the monarchs and nobility, whose children confessed in the order, one of the largest and richest convents regarding property and rents within the city and the diocese. From the original building of the XIII Century, there only remains the roof of the chapter house.

In the XVI Century, Alonso de Covarrubias designed the new convent, the church and its entrance in a heavily Italian style with Plateresque decoration, a novelty at the time. The convent has three cloisters, two of them Mudejar-Renaissance, by Nicolás de Vergara El Mozo, the "Claustro de las Procesiones" being especially outstanding. In the refectory the ceiling from the XIII Century has been restored recently using heraldic decoration of Fernando III "The Saint" and tiles from the XVI Century.

The rear part of the choir is very interesting, decorated using tiles with wooden ashlars, the abbatial chair being especially striking, signed by Felipe of Vigarny.

The church has one nave with cross vaults, heavily restored at the end of the XVIII Century by order of cardinal Lorenzana. At that time, it again became the residence of the royal family, of the daughters of prince Luis, beloved daughters of cardinal Luis María of Bourbon and nieces of Carlos III.

Legend has it that the first marzipan in Toledo was prepared here, the nuns recently returning to said sweet craft.

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