Spain commemorates 500 Anniversary of Saint Teresa of Jesus

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April 9, 2015 – Saint Teresa of Jesus, also known as Teresa of Ávila, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint and Carmelite nun, an author of the Counter Reformation and theologian of completive life through mental prayer.

Saint Teresa of Ávila by Peter Paul Rubens. Source: Wikipedia.

In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV and on 27 September 1970, was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.

Spain / 2015 / 10 euro / Silver 925 / 40 mm / 27 g / Proof / Mintage: 7,500.

The obverse of the coin reproduces the painting “Teresa of Ávila” by Peter Paul Rubens, in which Saint Teresa is shown in the act of writing, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The reverse shows the monument known as “Los Cuatro Postes” (The Four Poles), located at a privileged vantage point over the walled town. This is where the uncle of Teresa of Jesus found the saint and her brother Rodrigo when they were escaping to be martyred in Moorish lands.

To get to the website of the Spanish Real Casa de la Moneda please click here.

A biography of Saint Teresa of Jesus you may find here.

And on this website you can read the poems she wrote.