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“Very beautiful church and an incredible tomb for the Saint” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Basilica de San Juan de Dios

Basilica de San Juan de Dios
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“Very beautiful church and an incredible tomb for the Saint”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

An amazing church that we literally stumbled across when walking in the neighborhood. The temple was built in 1753 and has an amazingly ornate interior, with gold coating on almost every surface. Tickets are bought in a building to the side and as we were leaving the church, the staff took us upstairs to see the tomb of the saint. Seeing the mummy and then the glass boxes everywhere with skulls and bones was a highlight for my son, not so much for my daughters!

Visited July 2012
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“One of the Most Beautiful Churches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

On the street of San Juan de Dios, 23, is the Basilica of San Juan de Dios (St. John of God), and this church is a Baroque masterpiece. It has a beautiful façade with two towers and a statue of the saint. It is the best example of the Granada Baroque architectural style. The inside of the church is stunning because the retable behind the main altar goes all the way to the roof and is made of gold or gilded in gold. The altar is a Baroque masterpiece, filled with art. Above it is the cupola, which has paintings of great artistic value. Beside the altar are doors to the vestibule and office of the priests. The doors are also done in gold and are topped with the design of seashells.

The side altars are also gilded in gold. The old pulpit where the priests used to give their sermons is also gilded in gold. All this gold work is overwhelming in its color and beauty and artistry.

This church is the most beautiful church in Granada, and also one of the most beautiful churches in Spain. When one enters the church, one does not expect so much beauty and one is overwhelmed by sensations. St. John of God is the patron saint of Granada.

St. John of God was born in Portugal on March 8. 1495. His mother died when he was small and his father joined a monastic order. When St. John was young he worked as a farmer. He later went to Spain to work as a soldier. He later became a printer and seller of religious books. He had a religious conversion when he was listening to St. John of Avila. He settled in Granada and cared for the poor, later building a hospital for them. Later he founded a monastic order of
Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God. St. John was a very impulsive man and his life was full of dramatic moments, fit to be made into a movie. He died on his 55th birthday in 1550, was canonized in 1690, and later was named the patron saint of hospitals, the sick, nurses, firefighters, alcoholics, and booksellers. The church holds the remains of his body, which has not decomposed.

Visited July 2011
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