Monasterio de San Jeronimo, Granada
The Catholic Monarchs ordered the construction of this monastery, which started in 1496. It was the first monastery built in Granada after the conquest. Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, known as el Gran Capitán since he was a reputed general in the period of the conquest of Granada, was buried here and her widow financed the end of the construction.
All the stones used for its construction were taken from the Arab gate of Elvira.
The monastery has two cloisters. One of them was the residence of Carlos V’s wife, Isabel de Portugal, when she lived in Granada. This one cannot be visited since a community of monks lives in this part of the monastery, but you can see part of the cloister through a door (pic 2).
The cloister we can visit (pic 3) has a courtyard with orange trees in the center. There are 36 semicircular arches with shields with the initials of kings, the first Archbishop of Granada and the monk Jeronimo Hernando de Talavera. Walking along the cloister we see the refectory, some chapels, the chapterhouse and other rooms.
Finally we arrive at the church of the Monastery, richly decorated. The main altarpiece is a landmark in the Andalusian sculpture. The altar is one of the best works of Gil de Siloé. The decoration of the church highlights the military and the heroic grandeur of Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, the Great Captain, who is buried in the crossing.
This was the first temple ever consecrated to the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Summer: Monday-Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30, and 16:00 to 19:30
Winter: Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 13:30, and 15:00 to 18:30
If you just go to the Alhambra, Capillia Real and Cathedral and think that you have 'done' Granada, you will have missed some hidden gems. The best of these is the Monastery of San Jeronimo.
The monastery was founded by the Catholic Monarchs and handed over to the Hieronymite order. In 1523 the Duchess of Sesa obtained the main chapel to use as a family vault. Her architects converted the Gothic structure into the Renaissance style.
Inside is a cloister filled with citrus trees (orange, lemon and lime) edged with jasmine. In the morning the sweet, cloying scent was almost overpowering. Walking anti-clockwise round the cloister, I came to the refectory, which was simply furnished with wooden benches, whitewashed walls and wooden ceiling. The chapter house and sacristy were in a similar simple style, with some religious paintings and statues. There were also memorial stones for members of the monastic community in the cloister floor.
Finally, I came to the main church, which was a total contrast, with deep ceiling relief, painted walls and ceiling and gilded altarpiece. The Duchess' architects had really gone over the top. A recording of baroque music was playing. I had the place virtually to myself and it was very atmospheric.
The exterior has allegorical figures of Fortitude and Industry.
The monastery is open April –Oct 10.00-2.30 and 4.00-7.30, Nov-Mar 10.00-2.30 and 3.00-6.30. Admission €3.50.
the monasterio de san jeronimo was designed by siloe and was built between 1496 and 1547. the monastery was commissioned by the catholic monarchs in their building plan for granada after the reconquest. inside of the monastery are beautiful patios and gardens.
Built in the XVI century. Enter the gate and walk in the yard and watch it from the outside. If you want to visit the cloister it will be 2.10 euros. It's worth visiting it. While walking in the cloister it smells very well, of orange. It's due to the orange trees in the centre (like in a lot of areas in Granada). In the cloister you'll see some open doors. You can enter to see the rooms.
Mornings: 10.30-13. Afternoons: 16-19.30
It's located really close to Hospital de San Juan. When you go out of the hospital turn right and take the first street on the right. Walk some metres and on the left side it's the gate to enter.