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.
- Construction: Monastery
- Artistic period: Cistercian
- Historic period: 12th century
- Setting: Church of the Merced, Church of the Carmelite Sisters, Barrantes Hospital, El Rey Hospital.
From Tuesday to SaturdayFrom 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM From 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Public holidays and SundayFrom 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM
- Closing days: Monday
Ticket office open up to one hour before closing time for monument. Closed: 24, 25 and 31 December and days of official events announced on the National Heritage website.
- General: €6
Admission free: under-5s, large families (when the tour is being taken by, at least, one adult and three of his or her children, or two if one of them is disabled), ICOM members, disabled people, teachers, unemployed people and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon for European Union and Ibero-American citizens.