Focal point of cultural dissemination in the Middle Ages
This ancient Dominican convent was built between the 13th and 14th centuries at the behest of King Jaume II, when Xàtiva was the second most important city in the Kingdom of Valencia. In mediaeval times, the convent made a major contribution to the spread of culture. Its halls include an enormous Cistercian refectory and a slender chapterhouse. Following the confiscation of church property in 1837, the building underwent numerous changes of fortune and gradually fell into ruin, until only the church remained.
In municipal hands since 1982, it has been declared a Cultural Heritage Site. Of Gothic origin, the convent church has been restored. It has a single nave, with six pointed diaphragm arches. The chapterhouse and the south wing of the cloister have been reconstructed as they were when they formed part of the convent, and are open to visitors.
Currently, the convent of Sant Domènec houses the Corpus Christi Museum, with the permanent exhibition of the elements of this traditional festival.
SANT DOMÈNEC / CORPUS MUSEUM
No. 7, Sant Domènec Street
Telephone: 962 28 98 00
Tuesday to Saturdays: 10- 14 h / 16 – 19 h.
Sundays and holidays: 10- 14 h.