Sitting on the hill just above the Prado Museum is the beautiful 16th century church San Jerónimo el Real. This church used to be the royal chapel connected to the royal palace that once was situated in what is now Retiro Park (the palace was destroyed during the Napoleonic era). The church is Madrid’s royal church and has seen its share of coronations, royal weddings, and investitures. When King Philip II established court in Madrid in the mid-1500s, he expanded the palace and, as a very pious man, he had his bedroom situated so that he could hear mass from this chapel from his bedroom.
Originally the church was connected to the monastery of the Hieronymites (Order of St. Jerome) and the former monastery cloisters can still be seen today as part of the Prado Museum. We were not aware of this connection until fellow VTer redang showed us this part of the museum, accessible by going up two escalators once in the Prado. The cloisters have been reconstructed and are inside the museum but with large windows from which you can see the church beside the cloister room.
The church has undergone several reconstructions and renovations so the church we see today is not very similar to King Philip II’s time. It is now a neo-Gothic exterior with a large stairway leading up from the street (which was built in 1906 for King Alfonso XIII’s wedding). On the inside, the decorative and functional rib vaulting on the ceiling was quite impressive and I liked the colorful stained glass windows. Hubby enjoyed the very large rugged exterior doors on the Prado section of the church (under the cloister area, seen from the street above the Prado entrance).
This beautiful church is located next to museum Prado. It is what remains of the monastery of San Jeronimo el Real. The church is founded in 1503 during the time of Queen Isabella I. The church has many art treasures including work by Carducho and Jose Mendez and Juan de Mena Cristo.
It is open from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 8.00pm.
The beautiful medieval San Jeronimo el Real Church was once part of the Hieronymite monastry which was built during Henry IV of Castile’s reign near the Manzanares River. Due to flooding, the monastry was moved next to the Royal Palace and reconstructed for Ferdinand and Isabel in 1503. Additions and reconstructions have gone on through the centuries including the addition of subterranean passagewasys which link the church to the Cason del Buen Retiro.
The church is open daily from 8.00am – 1.30pm and 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Built in the 15th century, Iglesia de San Jerónimo el Real and its nonextant monastery were used by Catholic monarchs as a place of retreat, or retiro in Spanish, then located just outside the city of Madrid. The function of this monastery and church later bestowed the nearby Parque del Retiro with its name. In the war of independence against Napoleon, the monastery was destroyed and the church severely damaged. While the monastery was never rebuilt, the church underwent several restorations since then, including one just recently. Los Jerónimos, as it is also known, is located right behind Museo del Prado.
This church cames into existence 1503. the founder was queen Isabel. Phillipe II called it Buen Retiro. 1906 here got married Alfons XIII with Victoria Eugenia. 1975 crowned here Juan Carlos I.
Now is this church renoved.
San Jeronimo is the church that is used by the Royal family. For instance the coronation of King Carl I was held here, 1975.
The church was a part of the Hieronymus monastery and was built in the 16th century by Queen Isabel (it has been rebuilt since).
Beside of its use as a royal church this church is also popular as a wedding church.
The church is richly ornamented inside.