Visit Monasteries in Madrid

Royal Convent of La Encarnacion have several things to show to tourists, including the main building of the monastery, bronze and marble tombs, paintings of Bourbon royal family and the frescoes in the chapel. But the most famous miracle happens here every July 28th, when folded blood of Saint Panteleimon, stored in a small container, miraculously turns into liquid. The building itself is a great example of the Baroque style in architecture.

Pantheon de Goya is in a small church San Antonia de la Florida. In fact, it is Pantheon de Goya is a church’s dome, once painted by famous artist. Later their were mirrors set in the dome, for better reflection of the colors. The chapel of the church is also a burial place of Francisco Goya.

El Escorial is likely to be the most popular monasteries around Madrid. The historical complex consists of three parts: a monastery with frescoes by Lucas Jordan, the royal mausoleum and the palace itself. The palace rooms are decorated with paintings by Titian, El Greco and Claudio Koello as well as fine furniture from the 18th century. The library has unique collections of manuscripts. In particular, the prime mission of El Escorial charged for several times, specifically during the rule of King Philip II. El Escorial is a huge stone rectangle 208 by 162 meters – in this area freely fit 13 chapels, 300 cells, 15 galleries and 16 courtyards.

Catedral de La Almudena is one of the recently completed cathedrals in Spain and Europe. In fact, it was started in 18884, when Madrid was issued with a separate diocese, but the end of the construction is recorded more than a century later, in 1993. The building, in which the neo-classical exterior contains the Gothic and Renaissance masterpieces of art and hundreds of items of historical value, was consecrated by Pope John Paul II. In honor of this event in the atrium next to the cathedral one may find the statue of the Pope.

Convento de las Trinitarias Descalzas de San Ildefonso is said to be the burial place of Miguel de Cervantes. At least, that is historic records claim in contrast to the fact that no tomb was ever found. The cathedral was erected in 1609.