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Convent dels Pares Franciscans

In 1611, a group of Franciscans settled in Benissa and, just two years later, on the 23rd of September, 1613, a Franciscan Convent was inaugurated. It is located in an open space where there is a square that recreates a Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross), and it consists of the church and the dependencies of the convent.

As for the exterior, it is a Renaissance-style building with the bell tower and the cloister being the highlight features, both of which were restored in 1992. On the main façade, the church can be accessed via two entrances; there is a door at the lower part, framed by an arch and two columns on pedestals, and in the upper part there is a niche, framed by two pilasters, which houses an image of La Immaculada (the Immaculate Conception) and two pyramids crowned with spheres, denoting the influence of Herrerian architecture. The interior, with a single nave, is composed of four sections of lateral chapels and is covered by a barrel vault. At the transept, the vault transforms into a dome with scallops, which is very low.

In the 18th century, an expansion of the temple was carried out, adding a communion chapel that has a centralised floor plan in the shape of a Greek cross and a dome with scallops. The high choir, located between the staircases of the cloister, forms the only tower. The convent is arranged around a square cloister covered by semi-circular transverse arches. Inside the church, there is a very interesting altarpiece and a small museum where objects from the convent or from the former Col·legi Seràfic can be seen, as well as souvenirs and donations from the friars that have resided in the building throughout history.

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