Holidays in San Jeronimo Monastery

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Walk through cloisters in which the air is thick with the scent of citrus blossom and bathe in the golden light of one of Spain’s finest chapels at this Granadan monastery. 

Explore the church, chapels, cloisters and gardens of the San Jerónimo Monastery, a 16th-century religious sanctuary built for an order of Catholic monks known as Hieronymites. Amid this somber, stone setting lay beautiful courtyards and a towering main chapel filled with gold, statues and light.

Founded in 1492 by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, this was the first monastery to be built after the Christian Reconquest of Granada. During the Napoleonic era the monks were expelled and parts of the monastery’s stonework was used to construct a bridge. A restoration program began in the 20th century and the monks once again took up residence.

Once inside the main entrance take a stroll in the shade of the beautiful cloister, encompassed by 36 semicircular arches around a small garden of lemon and orange trees. Notice the hundreds of memorial stones laid into the walkway. They are inscribed with the names of monks who spent their lives here. Tour the chapels and rooms that lead off the cloister to view the numerous pieces of religious art that adorn the walls.

One of the monastery highlights is the main chapel’s retablo, a huge altarpiece nearly five stories high. This large work of art has been sumptuously decorated with statues and reliefs depicting scenes of the life of Jesus Christ, and is gilded in gold. Observe the numerous frescoes, carvings and statues embellishing the walls and ceilings. They include a figure of El Gran Capitan, an important Spanish general who fought in the Conquest of Granada.

The extravagant décor is a stark contrast to the simplicity of the rest of the monastery. El Capitan's wife, the Duchess of Sesa, funded much of the construction costs in exchange for using the chapel as a family vault.

San Jerónimo Monastery is a few minutes’ walk or short bus ride from the city center. If you are driving, you can pay to park in the nearby Gran Capitan parking garage. The monastery is open daily and there is an admission charge.

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Hotel Anacapri
Hotel Anacapri
3 out of 5
The price is AU$121 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Central District, this hotel is steps away from Calle Elvira and Granada Cathedral. Calle Gran Via de Colon and Isabel la Catolica Plaza are also ...
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"This place is clean, staff is super friendly and very helpful. we enjoyed our stay there. Location is perfect, it's walking distance to places of interest."

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NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
4 out of 5
Puerta Real, 3, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$145 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in Central District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Calle Navas and Granada Cathedral. Granada City Council and Fuentes de las Batallas are ...
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Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
3 out of 5
Cuesta Santa Ines 9, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$138 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Albaicín, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carrera del Darro and Granada Cathedral. Palacio de Los Olvidados Museum and La Concepcion ...
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"Beautiful hotel but could use a few modern conveniences. :)"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
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Barceló Granada Congress
Barceló Granada Congress
5 out of 5
The price is AU$98 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
4 out of 5
Puerta Real, 3, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$145 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
NH Collection Granada Victoria Hotel
Hotel Anacapri
Hotel Anacapri
3 out of 5
The price is AU$121 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
Palacio de Santa Inés hotel
3 out of 5
Cuesta Santa Ines 9, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$138 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
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Hotel Alhambra Palace
Hotel Alhambra Palace
5 out of 5
Arquitecto Garcia De Paredes 1, Granada, Granada
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Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
Gran Via De Colon 31, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$316 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
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Catalonia Granada Hotel
Catalonia Granada Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida de Madrid 10, Granada, Granada
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Eurostars Catedral Hotel
Eurostars Catedral Hotel
4 out of 5
Calle Carcel Baja 11-13, Granada
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Hotel Hospes Palacio de Los Patos
Hotel Hospes Palacio de Los Patos
5 out of 5
Calle de Solarillo de Gracia, 1, Granada, Granada
The price is AU$309 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
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