The Royal Chapel of Granada, artistic heritage of the Catholic Monarchs

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Located in the center of the city, the Royal Chapel of Granada is one of the most visited places by tourists and locals in the area, as it involves history, art and tradition. If you still don't know it and you thought you lacked reasons to visit one of the most colorful and charming cities in Andalusia, start planning the trip that will take you back to the time of the Catholic Monarchs, undoubtedly an artistic and architectural heritage that is worth enjoying. At Oway we show you the reasons.

A space for history lovers

The Royal Chapel of Granada was built by order of the Catholic Monarchs, between 1505 and 1517, to keep their remains. To enter, you must go through the market, a building that was built in 1518, after the chapel was finished, and which forms part of the complex. Once inside, the nave is covered with heraldic motifs, numerous details about the life and customs of the monarchs and Elizabethan Gothic vaults.

Its Gothic design and uprising were in charge of Enrique Egas, although it also had the collaboration of Juan Gil de Hontañón, Juan de Badajoz el Viejo and Lorenzo Vázquez de Segovia.

In its amplitude it connects internally with the Church of the Sagrario, with the chapel of San Ildefonso, with the Chapel of the Holy Cross and with the Cathedral of Granada. The royal sepulchers are in the center of the Chapel: on the right those of the Catholic Monarchs, work of Domenico Fancelli, and on the left Joanna I and Philip I, work of Bartolomé Ordóñez. From the same place descends a small staircase that leads to a crypt where the remains of the royal family rest. One of the curiosities about this point is that the remains of Isabella of Portugal and Maria of Portugal were there for a while, until they were finally moved to El Escorial in Madrid.

Royal Chapel of Granada, an invaluable museum

Full of 15th century paintings, this nave is not only a religious space but also a museum with invaluable pieces. The altarpiece at the bottom is the work of Felipe Vigarny and is one of the largest and most dramatic altarpieces carved in Spain; it shows the reality of the political, social, religious and cultural context of the time, the surrender of Granada to the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, or baptisms of Muslims in 1500. At the sides are the praying statues of Isabel and Fernando by Diego de Siloé.

One of the most outstanding elements is the immense interior grille of golden wrought iron where the scenes of the passion and resurrection of Christ, the life and martyrdom of Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist can be found.

In the crypt where the remains of the royal family rest, on the left side, a copy of the Descent of Van der Weyden (the original is in the museum Del Prado in Madrid), and on the right side two altars with relics that belonged to Queen Elizabeth, such as chests, crowns, his scepter, mirrors… Also in the Royal Chapel of Granada there is a collection of books about the queen, military ensigns and fabrics of the king, as well as paintings with great historical value.

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