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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  • Tours of the monastery are offered in the form of a Spanish guided tour that takes place several times a day. Many of the staff seem to have enough English (they actually communicate in English) but do not listen to any language other than Spanish during the tour. Visitors to this facility will be expected to have spanish skills, a deep understanding of Christianity, an interest in it, and patience.
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  • The monastery, not far from the Royal Palace, was created more than four hundred years ago by order of The Austrian Queen Margarita. The building, designed in the distinctive Baroque style of Madrid, served as a house for nuns for a long time and now contains a magnificent collection of paintings, statues and precious monuments.
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  • From outside it looks pretty, but besides one statue and walls that are decorated it's nothing there.
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