The convent of the Capuchin sisters was built in the 17th century on the site of the former 15th centurystately home of the Marquises of Sessa. Some of the original features survive in the cloisters, such as the impressive Mudejar gate and Roman, Visigoth andIslamic capitals. The decorative ceilings andplasterwork in the refectory are also of Mudejar style. The coat of arms of the family who donated the building can be seen on several ceilings and walls. The convent church, dedicated to San Rafael, dates from the 18th Century, and consists of a single nave with barrel vaulting above.
Convent Church of la Encarnación (the Incarnation)
This church, which belongs to the Cistercian order, is very near the Mosque. Despite beingoriginally Medieval, the Renaissance and Baroque reforms have wiped out any traces of the former building. A Renaissance façade leads to the magnificent church, which inside has a single nave and Baroque style vaulting. The polychromatic stucco work produces a stunning combination of blue, white and gold, and the main altarpiece, in gold and green, with spiralling columns and pilasters, is equally attractive.
Convent of Santa Cruz
The extensive monastery of Santa Cruz, run by the Clarisse nuns, is in calle Agustín Moreno, near the Church of San Pedro. It was founded in the 15th century, but due to later alterations, mostly from theBaroque period, very little of its original Gothic architecture has survived. The semi-circular archway in the entrance leads to the courtyard. The approach to the church features the coats of arms of the convent’s patrons, the Marquises of Escalonias, whose tombs lie below the pews in the presbytery. The church was totally reformed in the 18th century, and there is an attractive plinth of 18th century tiles as well as beautiful decorative carving in the higher and lower choir stalls.