Founded by the Catholic Monarchs, the Monastery of San Jerónimo is an outstanding jewel of the Renaissance
Formed by the church and monastery, it dates back to before the Christian conquest of the city. It construction is attributed to the Catholic Monarchs.
The church features a Latin cross floor plan, boasting an elevated choir at its west end and an altar stands behind the wide staircase. Its elaborate high altar is decorated with images of saints, heroes, mythical characters, angels and historical figures. The Gran Capitán (Great Captain) is buried at the transept, next to his wife, lady María de Manrique, which is reflected in the iconography that extols his great military exploits and bravery.
The monastery features two cloisters with gardens. The first boasts predominantly Renaissance decoration. The second, now enclosed, pertaining to the Hieronymites, served as the residence of Isabella of Portugal on her honeymoon following her wedding to Emperor Charles V. The temple is the first in the world devoted to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
Visit the Monastery of San Jerónimo with the GRANADA CARD.
Photos by Javier Sánchez