Monasterio de la Encarnacion, Madrid

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The Royal Monastery of the Incarnation or Real Monasterio de la Encarnación is a convent of the order of Recolet Augustines located in Madrid, Spain. The institution mainly interned women from noble families, and was founded by the Queen Margaret of Austria, wife of Philip III, and thus was well endowed with wealth. Although it belongs to an enclosed religious order, the building is open to the public under the administration of the Patrimonio Nacional.HistoryThe impulse for the founding of the monastery by Queen Margaret, and sometimes the nuns are called las Margaritas, was to celebrate her husband's expulsion of the Moriscos, resident Moors. The queen had the prioress of the monastery of discalced nuns of San Agustín in Valladolid, Mother Mariana de San José, accompanied by Francisca de San Ambrosio (sister of the marquesa de Pozas), Catalina de la Encarnación, and Isabel de la Cruz. First lodged in the Convent of Santa Isabel while they awaited the completion, they received donations from the king and queen, including jewels, to finance the monastery. The monastery was built adjacent to the then extant Real Alcázar, and had a passageway to allow the royals direct access. The monastery was inaugurated in the 2nd of July 1616, a few years after the queen had died.The architect and friar Alberto de la Madre de Dios designed and built the monastery between 1611-1616. The facade has a sobriety recalling the style of Juan de Herrera. The monastery, now partly a museum, has a wealth of works of art and relics including tubes with the blood of St. Januarius and of St. Pantaleon.
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  • Very close to the Plaza de oriente you can admire this Monastery, which together with the Royal Barefoot take us to centuries past. Live history of Madrid. Because a future exhibition was being prepared, we couldn't see some rooms. Magnificent some paintings by Van Hamen and Giordano. Special attention to the reliquary room, more than seven hundred from all over the world. Highlights include the one that contains the blood of Saint Pantaleon, whose content liquefies at the end of July, on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of the saint. Recommended visit.
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  • Beautiful but tickets limited so but if a bun fight at 4pm to get one. Free if you show uk identification, otherwise €6. Slightly aggressive woman on the door but her assistant very pleasant. Tour qui...  more »
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  • It's a nice old convent with precious royal collections. One of its great attraction is the blood of St. Pantaleon's blood which is said to liquefy on July 27, his feast day.
  • I haven't had the chance to be inside the building but its history and architecture was really nice to discover. Looking forward to go in some day.
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