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The Santa Faz monastery is about 8 km from the city center.
According to the tradition, the relic that is venerated in this monastery is the Veil of Saint Veronica, the fabric with which this pious woman from Jerusalem wiped the face of Jesus on the Way to Calvary. The Holy Face miraculously impressed upon it.
This relic was brought from the Vatican in the 15th century by Mosén Pedro Mena, a priest of the nearby village of San Juan. He had traveled to Rome where he was given the veil with the Holy Face that had saved Venice from the plague. In 1489, the veil was taken out for a rogation to ask for rain. The priest who was holding the Veil observed that a tear drop from the Holy Face. Later there were more miracles.

The monastery was built on the place of the first miracle. The baroque façade is wonderful. The Santa Faz (Holy Face) relic is kept in a special room behind the main altarpiece.
Every year, on the second Thursday after Easter Sunday, there is a pilgrimage called Peregrina de la Santa Faz. The great participation, about 300,000 people, makes it the second pilgrimage in Spain, being El Rocío the biggest one. The pilgrimage starts from the San Nicolas co-Cathedral.

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  • Updated Apr 10, 2009
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