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“Wonderful Chapel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Monasterio de San Jeronimo

Monasterio de San Jeronimo
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Malaga, Spain
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“Wonderful Chapel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

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.

Visited April 2011
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“Impressive church in the convent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

A bit bigger than the Cartujo Monastery and more centrally located, if you're short on time, this is the one to see. The entrance fee is four euros and guides cost one euro. You walk around the courtyard and duck into the rooms surrounding it. Most of the rooms are darkly lit in an effort to preserve the paintings, some of which are in desperate need of restoration. The real draw is the church. The ornately carved statues are particularly impressive.

Visited February 2012
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“Humble but efficient!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

We went there after visiting la Cartuja: let's say that the change is striking. Everything here is about sobriety, peace and work. The cloister is very nice and the church, impressive: it seems they have put all their resources into this temple! Is definitely worth having a look at.

Visited January 2012
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“Stay for vespers and pick up a pamphlet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

For a modest amount of change, you can pick up a pamphlet that guides you from the main door to each of the rooms framing the patio. The information is useful and makes the visit purposeful, while rendering a fun scavenger-hunt sort of sense to things as you're guided to look for certain markers. Do pick up a jar of marmalade and bring it home with you, and if you can, stay (or come back later that day, as we did) for vespers.

Visited July 2011
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“Very peaceful in the middle of town!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

This might have been my favorite spot on the tourist trail. Very peaceful, very beautiful, lots of interesting info posted in Spanish and English.

Visited September 2011
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