Colegio de San Jeronimo, Santiago de Compostela
The College of St. Jerome (in Galician: San Xerome Colexio) is situated at the southern end of Obradoiro Square in Santiago de Compostela. It is also known as the Artists Association.
Golegio was founded by Archbishop of Santiago Compostela de Alonso III de Fonseca.
It was the attempt to make the art education affordable for the poor youth. In 1652 it was decided to move the Colegio from it old original place. For that a new building was built in what was then called Plaza del Hospital of the Catholic Monarchs. Now that place is known as Obradoiro Square. Until recent years the plans were attributed to the architect Bartholomew Fernandez Lechuga, and the courtyard of the prestigious José de la Peña Toro, but so far it is not known who was real the author of the building.
It seems to me these typical Romanesque/Gothic gates and tympanum were just transferred here from the old place. They definitely couldn’t be constructed in XVII century. All details indicate that it was built in the period of 1490-1530.
Officially that building is not open for the public visits because the Vice Chancellor’s Office of local University occupies that building now.
Anyway that office is working from 08:00 through 15:00 hours from Monday through Friday and you can call them via phone number +34 981 56 31 00 .
Colexio de San Xerome (School of St. Jerome) was formerly the so-called “Estudio Vello” (Old Study), established by Archbishop Fonseca III for poor students, near the Convent of San Martiño. Built in the XVIIth century.
Right now, it's the University Vice-Chancellor’s Office.
Note: Not visitable.
The huge dimensions of the rest of the buildings on the Praza do Obradoiro emphasise the humble appearance and the unusual charm of the Colexio de San Xerome, where the University Rector has his office. The facade, a beautiful example of late-Romanesque architecture, originates from an old hospital.