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The history of the Discovery of America in 1492 by Christopher Columbus will always be linked to the Rabida Monastery. Located about ten kilometers from the Huelva capital, this Franciscan monastery is one of those essential visits that you must do if you are in the city. There are so many details around him that you will be surprised by the visit.

One of the corners that I liked most about this monastery was its 15th-century Mudejar cloister. Actually the monastery has two cloisters, but this one that I tell you is the most beautiful and ancient. And he's lucky to be old, after the terrible earthquake of 1755, which barely left the structure of the monastery standing.

It has a genuine and special charm, and reminds a lot of the cloister of San Isidoro. The ground floor is a gallery of brick arches, the originals of the fifteenth century. On the top floor more arches were added in the 17th century, and even a body of battlements to defend it from possible invasions.


When they are in it you imagine that this cloister was one of the frequent places of passage of Christopher Columbus days before embarking towards the New World. There are precisely a series of dependencies that give the cloister, and that have a lot to do with the navigator. One of them is the Conference Room, where Fray Juan Prez confessed to Christopher Columbus and he made known his projects and secrets beyond the seas.

Another of the rooms that can be seen next to the cloister is the refectory of the monastery. There, perhaps the oldest pieces of the enclosure are stored, such as a 13th century crucified and a series of paintings and canvases from the period.

You can also go up to the second floor of the cloister, and visit the small exhibition with scale models of the Colombian caravels, Pinta, La Nia and Santa Mara.

This Mudejar cloister is undoubtedly one of the most important monuments in the history of Spain and the Discovery of America. When you visit it without knowing its history, you almost pass by. However, with knowledge of cause, it surprises much more.

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La historia del Descubrimiento de Amrica en 1492 por parte de Cristbal Coln siempre estar ligada al Monasterio de la Rbida. Situado a unos diez kilmetros de la capital onubense, este monasterio franciscano es una de esas visitas imprescindibles que debis hacer si estis por la ciudad. Hay tantos detalles alrededor de l, que os sorprender la visita.

Uno de los rincones que ms me gust de este monasterio fue su claustro mudjar del siglo XV. En realidad el monasterio tiene dos claustros, pero este que os comento es el ms hermoso y antiguo. Y tiene suerte de ser antiguo, tras el terrible terremoto de 1755, que apenas dej en pie la estructura del monasterio.

Tiene un encanto genuino y especial, y recuerda mucho al claustro de San Isidoro. La planta baja es una galera de arcos de ladrillo, los originales del siglo XV. En la planta de arriba se aadieron ms arcos en el siglo XVII, e incluso un cuerpo de almenas para defenderlo de posibles invasiones.


Cuando estn en l imaginas que este claustro fue uno de los frecuentes lugares de paso de Cristbal Coln das antes de embarcar rumbo al Nuevo Mundo. Precisamente hay una serie de dependencias que dan al claustro, y que tienen mucho que ver con el navegante. Una de ellas es la Sala de Conferencias, donde el fray Juan Prez confesaba a Cristbal Coln y este le daba a conocer sus proyectos y secretos allende los mares.

Otra de las salas que puede verse junto al claustro es el refectorio del monasterio. All se guardan tal vez las piezas ms antiguas del recinto, como un crucificado del siglo XIII y una serie de cuadros y lienzos de la poca.

Tambin podis subir a la segunda planta del claustro, y visitar la pequea exposicin con maquetas a escala de las carabelas colombinas, la Pinta, la Nia y la Santa Mara.

Este claustro mudjar es sin duda uno de los monumentos ms importantes de la historia de Espaa y el Descubrimiento de Amrica. Cuando lo visitas sin conocer su historia casi pasas sin ms. Sin embargo, con conocimiento de causa, sorprende mucho ms.

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