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Church and Convent of Santa Teresa

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Church and Convent of Santa Teresa41.929064, 2.258892Church and Convent of Santa TeresaVic Catalunya, España (Directions)

The church and convent of Santa Teresa is located in the Santa Teresa Square, just next to the old wall of the city of Vic.

The convent of Santa Teresa was founded in 1638, and the church was built between 1655 and 1666, by the architect Josep Morató. Inside the church there is still an important Baroque altarpiece that has been awarded to Pau Costa. There is also a valuable Easter monument by the sculptor Carles Morató, and there is also a painting of Saint Peter by the painter Josep Maria Sert.

The church has a single nave with transept and side chapels. Around the cloister is the convent building inaccessible to the public.

The main façade has a triangular pediment with a Greek cross in the centre. The door is rectangular with a lintel decorated with a medallion where a lamb is drawn. There are two wrought iron windows flanking the portal.

Above the door is a classic-style niche with a triangular pediment and the image of Saint Teresa.

In 2017, different weapons and grenades from the Spanish Civil War were found in remodelling works. All this war material was erroneously associated, by all the media, with the anarchist union CNT.

During the Spanish Civil War, this building, like all the religious buildings of Vic, was abandoned and confiscated by the Town Hall. At first, this building was used to locate the different war refugees who arrived in Vic.

However, in 1938 these refugees were placed in other buildings, since this convent was occupied by 200 soldiers of the Republican army coming from the front of Valencia.

These 200 soldiers arrived in Vic to exercise the function of military police and to look for all those young people who had not presented themselves in the call of their levies. Some of these deserters had fled to Franquist Spain, others had hidden in houses in Vic, or other villages, and others had gone to live in the forest.

We understand, then, that those weapons found, in the reform carried out in 2017, would correspond to these 200 soldiers of the Republican army, and not to the anarchist union CNT.