Monastery of St. Jerome or Monasterio de San Jerónimo is the first monastery to be built after the Christians conquered the city of Granada. Work on the Monastery began in 1504 and it was finished by 1521. There is a church attached to the monastery. This church started to be built in 1513 but was not finished until the end of the XVI century. During their lifetime, both monastery and church suffered several changes including the use as military garrison and its complete abandonment. The buildings were so neglected that there were almost put down. Luckily at the beginning of the XX century there was a great effort to restore these monuments and they are now on a superior condition.
The building of the monastery
During the building to the monastery of St. Jerome, the Duchess of Sessa wished for her husband, el Gran Capitán, to be buried there. El Gran Capitán was a hero during the reconquest of Granada. This fact, combined with the great skills of Diego de Siloé make the monastery an invaluable piece of architecture. Diego de Siloé combines architecture and sculpture to perfection. He had to undertake the vaulting of the choir and the the crossing of the church. For the choir he proposed a vault with three cascos. All filled with abundance of imagery, medallions and ceiling roses. For the dome above the transept he used a structure consisting in 4 conchoidal pendentives supported by 4 tapered arches. This guarantees stability and a really impressive result.
The main cloister is very spacious and of Gothic style. It is divided into two stories. The lower one has semicircular arches and leafy capitals. The upper one has depressed arches supported by shorter columns. A lot of the doorways in the cloister were designed by Diego de Siloé.
Opening times Monastery of St. Jerome
Summer Schedule (March to August): Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 13:30 and 16:00 to 19:30.
Winter Schedule (September to February): Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:30.
Contact Phone: +34 958 279 337
Address: Calle Rector López Argueta, 9, Granada, Spain
Tickets Monastery of St. Jerome
Entrance tickets for the monastery of St. Jerome can be bought directly at the ticket office of the monument.
|Children (under 10)||Free|
Accessibility Monastery of St. Jerome
Most of the areas of the Monastery of St. Jerome are accessible by wheelchair. There are a few areas that are narrow and not adapted for wheelchair.