Hospital of Pilgrim Knights. Tourism in Cáceres

Hospital of Pilgrim Knights. Tourism in Cáceres 25 aniversario de la declaracion de Caceres como Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO

Hospital of Pilgrim Knights is a small Gothic building which, in its side façade, shows a beautiful window typical of this style, a model quite repeated in Cáceres.

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44. Hospital of Pilgrim Knights

Guided Tour of Caceres. Route 2

44. Hospital of Pilgrim Knights

Hospital of Pilgrim Knights. Tourism in Cáceres

There's a coat of arms of Ulloa's family over the lintel of its portal, under an ecoté cross (Ecoté, (fr.): of a trunk of a tree, of which the branches have been lopped.) as a memory of its foundation in 15th century by Diego García de Ulloa el Rico.

This building was used as a lodging for knights who were going on a pilgrimage to Santiago (St James of Compostela) to honour the Apostle's tomb.

The hospital was one of the buildings decreed by Diego García de Ulloa el Rico, one of the leading figures of 15th century in Cáceres, although its construction wasn't inmediate. He was an impenitent warrior who, as many lords of his time, fought in Banderías (disputes between nobility factions in 15th century). He was responsible of the Franciscan settlement in Cáceres. His testament was signed on 27th of July 1486, having in it the clause stating the construction of this building for pilgrims and homeless.

 

BIBLIOGRAFÍA

Cordero Alvarado, Pedro. Cáceres en sus escudos y monumentos. Ed. García Plata S.A. 1991

García Mogollón, Florencio-Javier. Los Monumentos Religiosos de Cáceres, Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Plan de Excelencia Turística del Excmo. Ayto. de Cáceres. 2005


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