Guadalupe Tourist Attractions

The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de GuadalupeThe Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe
The village of Guadalupe is famed for its fortress-like monastery, founded in 1340, occupied by Hieronymites from 1359 until its dissolution in 1832 and reoccupied by Franciscans in 1928.

Fiestas

Guadalupe is still one of the great religious centers of Spain, with great fiestas and processions on September 8 and 30, and October 12.

Monasterio de Guadalupe

The monastery buildings were erected at various times between the 14th and the 18th centuries, and as a result show great diversity of architectural style. The west front of the church with its two square flanking towers, the Torre de Santa Ana and Torre de la Portería, dates from the 15th century.
Address: Plaza Juan Carlos I, E-10140 Guadalupe, Spain

Monastery - Church

The Monastery Church in Guadalupe, which is entered through two bronze doors with scenes from the lives of Christ and the Virgin, was originally built in the 14th century and was rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. The sculptural decoration of the Baroque retablo was the work of Giraldo de Merló and the paintings are by Vicente Carducho and Eugenio Caxès. The aisles are separated from the nave by finely wrought grilles; the richly carved choir-stalls and the two organs by Churriguera are Baroque. Among the numerous tombs are those of Henry IV of Castile and his mother María of Aragon.

Monastery - Sacristy

To the right of the Capilla Mayor in the church in Guadalupe is the Sacristy, sumptuously decorated in Baroque style, with ceiling paintings and eight portraits (1638-47) by Francisco de Zurbarán of leading members of the Hieronymite order.

Capilla de San Jerónimo

On the altar of the Capilla de San Jerónimo is one of Zurbarán's finest works, "The Apotheosis of St Jerome", and the chapel also contains a trophy from the battle of Lepanto (1571) in the form of a lamp from the Turkish flagship.

Camarín

Behind the Capilla Mayor, approached by a flight of red jasper steps, is the Rococo Camarín, which houses the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. It contains nine pictures by Luca Giordano and statues of female figures from the Bible. On the wall facing the Capilla Mayor is the modern throne (1953), decorated with enamels, of the Black Virgin; it can be rotated so that the image faces into the church. The statue itself is of oak and is clad in a magnificent brocade robe. On feast days it is decked in a crown covered with precious stone, which can be seen, together with other precious garments, liturgical utensils and relics, in the octagonal reliquary chamber adjoining the Camarín. Other valuable objects are displayed in the Treasury (Joyel).

Mudéjar Cloister

Beyond the church is the two-story Mudéjar Cloister (14th C.), with fine horseshoe arches. In the center is a fountain-house in the form of a temple (by Juan de Sevilla, 1405).

Embroidery Museum

On the west side of the cloister is the former Refectory, now housing the Museo de Bordados, with beautiful embroidered vestments and altar-cloths of the 14th-18th Centuries, mostly made in convents.

Gothic Cloister

Adjoining the Mudéjar Cloister is the Gothic Cloister, with three galleries (14th-16th C.).

Museum of Illuminated Books

In the former Chapterhouse (in the wing to the left of the monastery façade) is the Museo de Libros Miniado, which displays 86 illuminated books of hours and missals produced in the monastery, a Flemish triptych of the Three Kings, a picture by Juan de Flandes and a number of small pictures by Zurbarán.

Monasterio de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

The main court of the monasterio was built in mudejar style with two-tiered cloisters and is planted with orange trees. The cruciform paths are lined with clipped box. In the northwest corner is a fountain pavilion.

The Village

The village of Guadalupe itself is worth seeing, with its picturesque narrow streets and its Plaza Mayor, centerd on a Gothic fountain.

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