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Convento de San Gil

The Covento de San Gil or Cortes of Castilla-La Mancha building was a convent and now a government building dates from 17th century. The Dicalced Franciscans, or gilitos, arrived in this city in the middle of 16th century, establishing theirself in 1557 in the vicinity of the Ermita de la Virgen de la Rosa. Later, in the beginning of the 17th century, two brothers, Francisco and Juan de Herrera, donated to the friars 16,000 ducats for the construction of the new convent.

The works began in 1610, and the master of masonry Martínez de Encabo promised to work the church and the convent in four years.
Very possibly the tracerist of the work was Juan Bautista Monegro, with whom Martínez de Encabo worked, in the iglesia de San Pedro Mártir.
The convent "de los Gilitos", as it is commonly known, is a perfect example of the simplicity and sobriety of the Toledan architecture of the early 17th century.
On this building in 1863 the provincial prison of Toledo was installed, this use will last until 1931.[1] Then barracks for the Guardia Civil and a fire station.[2] Currently from 1985 the convent is the headquarters of the Cortes of Castilla-La Mancha.
In plan, the building consists of two areas: The church, located on the east facade, and the convent area, which is distributed around a courtyard. All this forms a perfect rectangle, to which, according to Chueca Goitia, in a later period, another body in an east-west direction.

GPS-Daten: N 39,85385° W 4,02873°

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