Monastery of Miraflores, Burgos

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    Cartuja de Santa María de Miraflores

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 14, 2014

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    Monastery Cartuja de Santa María de Miraflores is still active and belongs to me monks of the Order of Carthusians. That order was founded by the followers of Saint Bruno of Cologne (1030-1101). These monks have very strict statute and rules and they still practice the meditation and introspection. This explains why they these monks are not eager to communicate to the laymen. But we must be grateful to these monks because they preserved a lot of masterpieces collected by many generations of their predecessors and that is most important they allow us to visit their church and museum and make noncommercial photos.
    Before the building was ceded to the Carthusian order, it was the recreational residence of Henry III of Castile and Leon, who decided to build this palace on one of his hunting reserves. The building was subsequently restored when his son King John II came to the throne, following a design by John of Cologne. Construction was finally completed in the reign of Queen Isabella the Catholic, and the top architects, sculptures and painters of the time were employed for the job, including figures such as Simon of Cologne, Gil and Diego de Siloe and Pedro Berruguete. The Carthusian monastery became one of the treasures of the Gothic style of the late XV century.
    Cartuja de Santa María de Miraflores contains the tomb of the Infante Alfonso and the mausoleum of his parents, King John II and his wife Queen Isabel, whose daughter Queen Isabella was the major patron of Christopher Columbus.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Church of Monastery

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    Before the building was ceded to the Carthusian order, it was the recreational residence of Henry III of Castile and Leon, who decided to build this palace on one of his hunting reserves. The building was subsequently restored when his son King John II came to the throne, following a design by John of Cologne. Construction was finally completed in the reign of Queen Isabella the Catholic, and the top architects, sculptures and painters of the time were employed for the job, including figures such as Simon of Cologne, Gil and Diego de Siloe and Pedro Berruguete. The Carthusian monastery became one of the treasures of the Gothic style of the late XV century.
    Cartuja de Santa María de Miraflores contains the tomb of the Infante Alfonso and the mausoleum of his parents, King John II and his wife Queen Isabel, whose daughter Queen Isabella was the major patron of Christopher Columbus.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation
    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Interiors & Flemish Triptych

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 14, 2014

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    Inside of the church if you look at the left hand side you’ll see so called Flemish Triptych painted in the second part of XV century by unknown Flemish painter. Central panel shows the scene of Crucifixion of Jesus between two criminals. You can also see here Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Saint Joseph of Arimathea and another saint. You can also identify Longinus the Centurion who pierced Jesus in his side with a lance, the "Holy Lance" (lancea, as related in the Latin Vulgate Bible) while he was on the Cross. This act created the last of the Five Holy Wounds of Christ. The figure is unnamed in the gospels. The Longinus legend further identifies this soldier as the centurion present at the Crucifixion, who testified, "In truth this man was son of God." Longinus' legend grew over the years to the point that he was said to have converted to Christianity after the Crucifixion, and he is traditionally venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and several other Christian communions. You can see here how the drop of Jesus blood cured the semi blind eye of Longinus.
    Two other panels show the road to Calvary and Lamentation. This masterpiece of gothic fine arts is another valuable source on Castilian infantry and dismounted men at arms of second part of XV century.
    If you have a look at your right hand side you will see the chapel of Saint Bruno of Cologne the founder of the Order of Carthusians.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Interiors

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    When you enter to the church of Monastery of Santa Maria de Miraflores you get in the hall with the font for holy water. There you can see excellent gothic vault and doorway. Then you just pass through that doorway and get in the church just see its splendid interiors.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation
    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Stained-glass windows

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 14, 2014

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    Church of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Miraflores possesses the stained-glass windows made in second half of XV century. That’s why these stained-glass windows are expressively gothic in style. They show the scenes from the Life of Virgin Mary and Jesus Passions. On sunny Castilian day just have a look up and you will get the great esthetic satisfaction and peace in your heart and soul.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Heaven Gate & Outer Choirs

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    Felix Coeli Porta or Heaven Gate was created in first quarter of XVI century. They consisted of two Altar-Pieces decorated with the icon panels showing the scenes of Christ Passions. So, when you passed through the Felix Coeli Porta you supposed the get blessedness. In reality behind the Heaven Gate are the outer choirs made in first half of XVI century. Wooden chairs are situated along the walls.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Inner Choirs

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    When you enter inner choirs you already can see high altars and sepulcher. Wooden chairs are situated along the walls. The most noticeable thing here is the contrast between darkness and light that is something as reminder about permanent fight between God and devil. If you have a look up then you will see excellent gothic vault.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Sepulcher of King Juan II and Queen Isabel

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    Don Juan II and Doña Isabel of Portugal the King and Queen of Castile and Leon were the parents of Isabel the Catholic, their tomb is the masterpiece of Diego de Siloe. The reclining statues are separated by fine cresting. The sepulcher group, whose contours form an eight pointed star, constitutes an impressive work of art, in which remarkable are the expressive naturalness of the king’s and queen’s faces, which reflect their sleeping state, the lovely modeling of the jewels and vestments, the splendid execution of the sculptures which represent numerous allegorical figures.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    High Altar

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 13, 2014

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    High Altar of Monastery Church was made between 1496 and 1499 by Gil de Siloe who was born in Antwerp in 1440 and died in Burgos in 1501. Created by him high altar represents the scene of the Pieta where the figure of crucified Christ appears into a great circle (allusion to the Eucharist) and on the foot of the cross the vertical figures of the Virgin and San Juan; and in the lower part of the altarpiece we can see the Annunciation and the Birth. On its sides, we can find the statues of the King Juan II of Castile and his wife Isabel of Portugal in kneeling position and their coats of arms. There are also scenes of the Christ Passion, statues of saints and very rich ornament. The very interesting fact related to that altar is that it was gilded by the gold Christopher Columbus brought from his first voyage and presented to their Catholic Majesties Fernando and Isabella. So, you can see here first gold brought to Europe from the New World.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    High Altar/Details

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 13, 2014

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    High Altar of Monastery Church was made between 1496 and 1499 by Gil de Siloe who was born in Antwerp in 1440 and died in Burgos in 1501. Created by him high altar represents the scene of the Pieta where the figure of crucified Christ appears into a great circle (allusion to the Eucharist) and on the foot of the cross the vertical figures of the Virgin and San Juan; and in the lower part of the altarpiece we can see the Annunciation and the Birth. On its sides, we can find the statues of the King Juan II of Castile and his wife Isabel of Portugal in kneeling position and their coats of arms. There are also scenes of the Christ Passion, statues of saints and very rich ornament. The very interesting fact related to that altar is that it was gilded by the gold Christopher Columbus brought from his first voyage and presented to their Catholic Majesties Fernando and Isabella. So, you can see here first gold brought to Europe from the New World.
    I attached here some pictures showing the scenes of Last Supper, Kiss of Judah and Arrest of Jesus and Resurrection of Jesus among sleeping guardians. At Last Supper Apostles are eating pork, we should consider that very improbable but is was the very important detail here in Iberian Peninsula where the Re-conquest was still in progress.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Sepulcher of Don Alfonso/Decorative elements

    by Oleg_D. Updated Mar 12, 2014

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    Decorative elements of the sepulcher consist of very sophisticated and elaborate plant ornament and statues of Apostles, Saints, Angels, Innocents babies, men at arms in fine and full plate gothic armor. Atop of the sepulcher you can see the statue of Saint George killing the dragon. Saint George also wears splendid full plate gothic armor. That job make the author Gil de Siloe immortal master of stone carving who gave me valuable sources on Spanish armor of second part of XV century.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Sepulcher of Don Alfonso

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 12, 2014

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    Cartuja de Santa María de Miraflores contains the tomb of the Infante (Crown Prince) Alfonso who was son of King of Castile and Leon John II and Queen Isabel. He was the elder brother of famous Isabella of Castile but died young that’s why Isabella was crowned the Queen of Castile and Leon and Married Fernando the King of Aragon and Sicily. As the result two above mentioned kingdoms were united peacefully. Since Alfonso was the Crown Prince his sepulchers was made by the best woodcarvers of Castile and Leon brothers Gil and Diego de Siloe. Somebody said about that masterpiece – this is the music and poetry made out of stone.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    The Cartuja de Miraflores/Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 12, 2014

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    During your visit to the Monastery of Cartuja de Miraflores don’t forget to visit local museum. You will enjoy late gothic and early renaissance fine arts and painting. In order to provide you some notion what kind of masterpieces you can see there I attached some pictures here. First picture show you the scene of Annunciation painted by unknown Castilian Painter in the manner of Flemish School in last quarter of XV century. All other pictures show the series of the Story of True Holy Cross and Saint Helen painted by the unknown painter known as the Master of Santa Cruz. These paintings are painted in first quarter of XVI century in typical for Xastilian School manner.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    The Cartuja de Miraflores/Museum II

    by Oleg_D. Written Mar 12, 2014

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    In Monastery of Cratuja de Miraflores you will be able to see small bat fabulous museum. Small baroques chapel is part of the museum. There you can see the Gothic statues of Apostle James (Santiago). Since monastery is situated on of the way of Saint James this statues becomes especially important for all pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but you should make at least very small donation

    Visiting Hours
    From Monday through Saturday:
    10.15 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Sundays and holidays: 11.00 to 15.00 and from 16.00 to 18.00.
    Schedule of Masses - Sundays and holidays: 10.15

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    Miraflores Monastery - Sculptures by Gil de Siloé.

    by breughel Written Oct 26, 2009

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    Miraflores Monastery - Tomb by Gil de Silo��

    The visit to the monastery of Miraflores is fully justified by the amazing highlights of sculptural art to be seen in the church.
    There is the gilded and polychromatic altarpiece carved out of walnut wood (1496-1499) standing in the choir. This work is a jewel of late Gothic art. The altarpiece is original by its layout; the scenes fit in circles and radiate like a rose window.
    In front of the altar stand the alabaster tomb (1489-1493) with the recumbent effigies of Isabella of Portugal and John II of Castille. The tomb has the form of a star with eight points and is regarded as one of the most beautiful of Spain. Along the wall is the alabaster tomb of the Infant Alonso. All these sculptures show a wealth of elaborate details and exuberant variety.

    These masterpieces were made by Gil de Siloé considered as the best Master of sculptural art of Spain in the 15th century.
    As he is also called Gil de Amberes (the name for Antwerp in Spanish); it is therefore possible that he came from the North. One indeed finds in his art a Flemish, French or Rhineland influence.

    Church is open: Monday to Saturday 10.15 - 15.00 & 16.00 - 18.00 h
    Sundays & feast days 11.00 - 15.00 & 16.00 - 18.00 h
    Mass on Sundays and feast days at 10.15 h
    Free admission.

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