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The Royal Monastery of the Incarnation or Real Monasterio de la Encarnación is a convent of the order of Recolet Augustines located in Madrid, Spain. The institution mainly interned women from noble families, and was founded by the Queen Margaret of Austria, wife of Philip III, and thus was well endowed with wealth. Although it belongs to an enclosed religious order, the building is open to the public under the administration of the Patrimonio Nacional.HistoryThe impulse for the founding of the monastery by Queen Margaret, and sometimes the nuns are called las Margaritas, was to celebrate her husband's expulsion of the Moriscos, resident Moors. The queen had the prioress of the monastery of discalced nuns of San Agustín in Valladolid, Mother Mariana de San José, accompanied by Francisca de San Ambrosio (sister of the marquesa de Pozas), Catalina de la Encarnación, and Isabel de la Cruz. First lodged in the Convent of Santa Isabel while they awaited the completion, they received donations from the king and queen, including jewels, to finance the monastery. The monastery was built adjacent to the then extant Real Alcázar, and had a passageway to allow the royals direct access. The monastery was inaugurated in the 2nd of July 1616, a few years after the queen had died.The architect and friar Alberto de la Madre de Dios designed and built the monastery between 1611-1616. The facade has a sobriety recalling the style of Juan de Herrera. The monastery, now partly a museum, has a wealth of works of art and relics including tubes with the blood of St. Januarius and of St. Pantaleon.Plan to visit Monasterio de la Encarnacion and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Madrid attractions using our Madrid travel route tool.
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This was a guided visit that lasted 85 minutes. It was really instructive. I really learned about the different benefactors, art, and religious life in Spain in the 17th century. It is not a popular..... more
This was a guided visit that lasted 85 minutes. It was really instructive. I really learned about the different benefactors, art, and religious life in Spain in the 17th century. It is not a popular..... more »
Book a guided tour through patrimonionacional.es, limited tickets available. The hour and half tour was completely in muy rapido espanol, but worth it to see the Relic Chapel, thousands of relics...
Book a guided tour through patrimonionacional.es, limited tickets available. The hour and half tour was completely in muy rapido espanol, but worth it to see the Relic Chapel, thousands of relics... more »
Great place, can be done in one visit, morning or evening, I wouldn't recommend to take the tour as it was too rush for me but the your guy was great and knowledgeable
While the tour is not given in English, it is worth the visit for non-Spanish speakers that enjoy biblical history and appreciating sculptures and paintings. It is worth mentioning that unlike most museums you will not be allowed to wander around on your own. The tour is given by a docent and offered to groups of 8-7 people at a time, taking about an hour and a half to see everything. The docent was very knowledgable and was willing answer any questions we had after explaining what was in each room and the significance of each object. Overall a very enjoyable visit.
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