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Plaza del Convento

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This is an expansion of the southern end of Victoria Street, creating an open space opposite the main façade of the Convent of Our Lady of Candles.     

The two side façades are a composite of residential buildings built in recent centuries. The Square started to take shape between the 17th and 19th centuries, although, nowadays, there are only a few examples of 19th-century buildings, due to the renovations made to the premises. Nevertheless, the new buildings still maintain architectural and volumetric uniformity with their surroundings. 

However, the façade that genuinely stands out is the one opposite the Church of the Our Lady of Candles Convent, a building from the 16th century that combines Renaissance and baroque styles, and whose façade is profusely ornamented in this style.

The Square was built using granite setts on the streets and hydraulic tiles on pavements. The most remarkable element is the set of crosses located in the centre of the Square. The whole ensemble, erected during the 16th to 18th centuries, has a staggered, brick pyramidal base. The upper part consists of three marble columns. The main column is of Tuscan style with a pedestal base, while the other two columns boast Corinthian-style capitals.    

As one approaches the Square, this set of crosses appear as the capstone, enhancing its rich heritage. Its environmental value, as well as its uniqueness, make it the focal point of the Plaza del Convento.

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