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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  • As all tours must come in advance to be sure to have a ticket. Indeed only 20 people enter. Length of visit 45 min. So for free only two groups can go home. In Spanish only! Be vigilant. Bag deposit mandatory back: €1. Impossible photo. Apart from the religious paintings that have their interest if you understand Spanish which is my case, you have the room of the relics that is just beautiful! As well as the sacristy and the Church are worth. Go there you lose nothing well on the contrary!
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  • Accessible by guided tour, which does not take pictures, and although its exterior not striking, houses a significant collection of paintings, some noteworthy of oil on stone, as well as a collection of reliquaries, among which is the of the blood of San Pantaleon, one of the two whose blood liquefies once a year. Of the s. XVII, his church was restored by Ventura Rodríguez.
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  • From outside it looks pretty, but besides one statue and walls that are decorated it's nothing there.
  • Great location
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