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.Plan to visit Monasterio de la Encarnacion and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Madrid attractions using our Madrid travel route tool.
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Monasterio de la Encarnacion reviews
This monastery was built in the 17th century by Queen Margaret of Austria, the wife of Philip the third. It used to be a monastery for royal members, so they keep many beautiful religious pieces of... more »
Very interesting structure. Take a look at the photos. There is brick, which may be more modern, to go along with the center, which is some sort of granite looking stone. more »
It's a nice old convent with precious royal collections. One of its great attraction is the blood of St. Pantaleon's blood which is said to liquefy on July 27, his feast day.
I haven't had the chance to be inside the building but its history and architecture was really nice to discover. Looking forward to go in some day.
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