The Catholic Kings founded the Monastery of San Jeronimo in 1492. The building was completed in 1565, with a style of late Gothic and early Renaissance. Diego de Siloe was one of the best architects at that time and he designed this monastery. The tower in front looks Renaissance in style. There is a very large cloister in the building, with one side having an unusual gallery on the third floor.
The main chapel has a very impressive main altarpiece that has five levels and it almost reaches the ceiling. Much of this altarpiece is gilded and there are many sculptures on it. The ceiling is vaulted and is elaborately decorated. There are two important sculptures in the chapel, one of them of the Gran Capitan and another of the Duquesa de Sessa, the wife of the Gran Capitan. The Gran Capitan was a very important general who worked for Queen Isabel, and he turned Spain into a military power for the next 150 years. He was the most important military figure until Napoleon, because he revolutionized warfare at his time. His name was Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba, living between 1453 and 1515. He was the conqueror of Granada and Naples for the Spanish crown. The monastery has his tomb in a crypt, located below the Capilla Mayor.
There are many important paintings in the monastery that are not labeled. Many of them were created by famous artists.
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