What to see in Jaen
The Royal Monastery of Saint Clare was erected between the 13th and 18th centuries. The length of its construction caused it to have an eclectic style, a mixture of Renaissance, Gothic-Mudejar and Baroque. This convent is considered the oldest in Jaen.
Where today there is a large garden, there was one of the old Jewish synagogues in Jaen, converted into the Church of the Saint Cross after the serious persecutions that occurred in 1391. That church was a dependency of the Parish Church of Saint Andrew.
It is not possible to access all the facilities because it is inhabited by a community of cloistered nuns. Visitors can buy the pastry products made by the nuns themselves. It is possible to walk through the cloister and enjoy its central patio, crowned by an old and huge cypress tree.
On the other hand, the church is covered by a beautiful Mudejar coffered ceiling. Among the images it houses, the most prominent is that of the Holy Christ of Mercies, an anonymous sculpture that is presumed to have been created in the 16th century.