The burial place chosen by the Catholic Monarchs is evidence of their love for Granada.
The Chapel of the Catholic Monarchs was conceived as a burial place that would be intimately linked to the Cathedral, without merging with its architecture.
It features a single nave, an octagonal presbytery preceded by steps, a modest transept with a choir at its west end, serving as a burial place. As a funerary chapel, no other in Spain rivals its size. It is at once simple and opulent, as a result of the queen's generous endowment.
The Royal Chapel holds the remains of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile (who was initially laid to rest in the Convent of San Francisco in the Alhambra), along with the bodies of Queen Joanna I, Philip I and Prince Miguel da Paz.
There is a small crypt beneath the tombs, marked by austerity, housing the royal coffins, which are made of lead and identified by the initial of each name on the lid.
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Photos by Javier Sánchez