The Royal Chapel of Granada (Spanish: Capilla Real de Granada) is an Isabelline style building, constructed between 1505 and 1517, and originally integrated in the complex of the neighbouring Granada Cathedral. It is the burial place of the Spanish monarchs, Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand, the Catholic Monarchs. Apart from these historical links, this building also contains a gallery of artworks and other items associated with Queen Isabella.
The Nasrid dynasty of Granada was the last Moorish dominion of Al-Andalus to fall in the Reconquista (Reconquest). This occurred in 1492 during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, with the conquest of the city being an important stage of their combined reign. On September 13, 1504, they declared that they wanted their remains to be taken to Granada, and to this effect a royal charter was issued at Medina del Campo, Castile-León, for the Royal Chapel to be built. The charter states:
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|Thursday||10:15 AM – 1:30 PM, 4:00 – 7:30 PM|
|Friday||10:15 AM – 1:30 PM, 4:00 – 7:30 PM|
|Saturday||10:15 AM – 1:30 PM, 4:00 – 7:30 PM|
|Sunday||11:00 AM – 1:30 PM, 2:30 – 6:30 PM|
Marina M | Mar 23, 2018
Worth the €5 entry and not included on cathedral ticket. Free audio guide. No photos or video. The amazing tombs of Queen Isabel and Ferdinand and king Phillip and Joan. The iron grill is incredible. Queen Isabel’s crown is in there and one of her cloaks. Plus artworks by famous Flemish artists and a piece by Botticelli!!
Jeanne Burns | Jan 4, 2018
This chapel is absolutely amazing. Every single church is more breath taking then the next. The detail to perfection is magnificent. The sculpturing of the walls and ceilings are so beautiful. The acoustics from the organ and singing is really stunning. U stand in awe of the beauty of this church.
Yaniv Kleinman | Mar 1, 2018
Pretty surreal to see the place where Ferdinand and Elizabeth are buried. It’s not too big though. So you can see everything in less than 30minutes. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have less than a day in Granada.
Jesse Robertson | Aug 28, 2017
Maybe I am a history nerd but being almost within reach of the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs, Isabella and Ferdinand, was one of the most powerfully moving experiences of my trip to Spain. Not always on the favored side of public opinion, their reconquest of Spain for the Christians and Isabella's commissioning of Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery made lasting decisions that impact everyone in the Western Hemisphere. Peering into the crypt I was really struck that the things we do in life and the decisions we make can make a world of difference. There are a lot of amazing experiences to be had in Granada: think twice before skipping the Royal Chapel.
Acisclo Pedraza | Feb 27, 2018
The Royal Chapel is the last resting place of Spain’s Reyes Católicos (Catholic Monarchs), Isabel I de Castilla (1451–1504) and Fernando II de Aragón (1452–1516), who commissioned the elaborate Isabelline-Gothic-style mausoleum that was to house them. It wasn't completed until 1517, hence their interment in the Alhambra’s Convento de San Francisco until 1521. Their monumental marble tombs (and those of their heirs) lie in the chancel behind a gilded wrought-iron screen, created by Bartolomé de Jaén in 1520. However, the tombs are just for show as the monarchs actually lie in simple lead coffins in the crypt beneath the chancel. Also there are the coffins of Isabel and Fernando’s unfortunate daughter, Juana the Mad, her husband, Philip of Flanders, and Miguel, Prince of Asturias, who died as a boy. The sacristy contains a small but impressive museum, with Fernando’s sword and Isabel’s sceptre, silver crown and personal art collection, which is mainly Flemish but also includes Botticelli’s Prayer in the Garden of Olives. Felipe de Vigarni’s two early-16th-century statues of the Catholic Monarchs at prayer are also here.
Tania Warren | Jul 26, 2018
Architecture out of this world so amazing and free to wander around .
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