MONASTERIO DE LAS DESCALZAS REALES


History


  • The Monastery of Barefoot Royals is a franciscan convent. Before it was a convent it was a palace where Carlos I and Isabel of Portugal resided.
  • It was founded as a convent in 1557 by Juana of Habsburg.
  • The convent has a collection of art and relics of Tiziano, Sánchez Coello and Luini.
  • Nowadays they still live some nuns there , they dedicate their lives to pray.The cloister it is the site where in Easter Week processions are accompanied by music of the period.
  • In 1756, the church was renewed by Diego de Villanueva, brother of Juan de Villanueva.
  • The vault was painted with fresco by the Velazquez’ brothers.Its architecture is plateresque but its stairs are renaissance.
Inside the convent
Inside the convent
Church
Church

Art
Art
Entrance of the convent
Entrance of the convent






Location
Plaza de Callao of Gran Vía- Postigo de San Martín-plaza de las descalzas reales.


Style


The building it´s a characteristic plateresque castilian palace, with columns of marble from Genova in the courtyards and lounges decorated with tilings and plasterworks in the Moorish tradition, but with some parts of the Reinassance.


  • 17th century:There are still some frescoe paintings in the stairs and in La Capilla del Milagro. The hangings were woven in Brussels representing the Apoteosis de la Eucaristia. Was founded by the daughter of Felipe II and the governor of the Netherlands.


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