Ex-Pope’s shoes kick up storm in Granada

The famous red leather shoes favoured by retired Pope Benedict XVI have found their final resting place in a Granada museum.

Ex-Pope's shoes kick up storm in Granada
These shoes were made for poping, The retired Pope Benedict XVI with the red shoes he wore during the final years of his papacy. Photo: Archivo-Museo de San Juan de Dios/Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The bling footwear is now on display at Granada's Casa de los Pisa, reported Spain's Cadena SER radio station on Tuesday.

Benedict XVI wore the eye-catching shoes handcrafted by Italian designer Adriano Stefanelli in the final years of his papacy.

At the end of his time in the Vatican's top job, Benedict XVI made a personal offering of the shoes to the director of the Vatican pharmacy, Brother Rafael Cenizo of the Order of St John of the Cross.

That order has been charged with looking after the Vatican's pharmacy and the health of the popes since 1874.

The ex-Pope's offering was a token of thanks and a recognition of all the work done by the monk.

Thanks to the brother, these hand-crafted shoes will from now on be displayed at Granada's La Casa de los Pisa.

This museum archive of the Order of St John, or the Museo Archivo S.Juan de Dios as it is known in Spanish, has a massive collection of documents of great value.

They also have a large collection of artworks.

Last year the museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, up 40 percent from 2011. 

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Earthquakes in Spain: What you need to know about the tremors around Granada

A string of mild earthquakes shook southern Spain overnight following weeks of strong seismic activity in the Granada area, prompting the premier to call for calm on Wednesday.

Earthquakes in Spain: What you need to know about the tremors around Granada
Dozens of quakes have hit the zone around Granada in recent days. Source: Source: IGN

Three of them had a magnitude of between 4 and 4.5, Spain's National Geographical Institute (IGN) said on Twitter.

“Various earthquakes shook Granada again overnight which has worried thousands of people. Please stay calm and follow the instructions of the emergency services,” tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.   

Many images posted online showed residents out in the street in the middle of the night, wearing pyjamas and coats, despite the coronavirus curfew.


Since December 1st, a total of 281 shallow quakes have hit the area around Granada, of which eight had a magnitude of more than 3.0, an IGN statement said on Tuesday.

Of that number, 41 were felt by the population.   

Another quake on Saturday in the same area had a magnitude of 4.4, causing cracks in walls and throwing objects to the ground, it said.   

The interactive map above shows the location and strength of each quake to hit the zone in recent days. Source: IGN

“It's a worrying situation, I understand people's fears,” Granada Mayor Luis Salvador told Spain's public television on Wednesday, calling for calm.   

“All the information we have indicates that although they are many and continuous, that is what prevents a more intense and devastating episode.”   

The IGN said such seismic activity was “common in this area”, flagging it as one of the most seismically active regions of the Iberian Peninsula which experiences “numerous surface earthquakes of low to moderate magnitude, and occasionally with significant intensity”.

The map below produced by the Spanish government shows the risk of seismic activity across Spain. 

Emergency services in Andalusia urged calm and issued guidance for what to do in an earthquake. The tips include seeking refuge beneath a heavy table if inside and if you have to leave the house, avoid running or using the elevator. In the street be careful of danger from falling electrical cables and falling masonary and if driving, park the car and stay put.

 The regional government warned people to be careful of fake news circulating, including a false message that the region had called a state of emergency in expectation of a major quake.


But in a tweet from the emergency services of Andalusia, it did advise people to be prepared and have an emergency pack ready just in case.