Monasterio Santa María Real de las Huelgas - Monastery of Santa María Real de las Huelgas
The Royal Pantheon: silence and spiritual contemplation.
The convent was founded by Alfonso VIII and his wife Leonor, as a Royal Pantheon and a spiritual retreat for society ladies and royalty.
The complex consists of the church, monastery, and the enclosed premises of the Cistercian nuns with a crenellated wall that served as protection for them. The church has five apses, a transept and three naves. The choir stalls for the enclosed nuns is located in the centre nave, alongside the Kings and consorts’ Pantheon. The gospel nave (on the left) housed the Infantes’ Pantheon and the epistle nave (on the right) was for the nuns. The sacristy door has a particularly outstanding decorative Arab design. The standard from the Battle of Las Navas is on display in the austere –in keeping with the Cistercian tradition– chapter room.
Artistic period: Cistercian
Historic period: 12th century
Setting: Church of the Merced, Church of the Carmelite Sisters, Barrantes Hospital, El Rey Hospital.
C/ Compases de Huelga s/n
09001 Burgos (Burgos)http://www.patrimonionacional.es
From Tuesday to Saturday
From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
From 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Public holidays and Sundays
From 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Closed: Mondays, 1 and 6 January, 1 May and 24, 25 and 31 December.
Children 5-16 years
Admission free for children under 5; and on Wednesdays for European Union citizens with I.D., families with 3 or more children; and on 18 May.
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