Royal Chapel of Granada - Burial Place of the Catholic Monarchs
The Royal Chapel is located between Granada Cathedral, the old Fish Market and the Church of Sagrario. The construction of the Royal Chapel of Granada wss ordered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1504 as a place of burial for their bodies.
A good way to get to know Granada and its history is by taking a tour. There are several interesting free and private tours offered by Civitatis:
Free Tour of Granada: What better way to get to know the hisotric centre of Granada than on a free walking tour with a local expert guide?!
Private Tour of Granada: Discover the hidden treasures and secrets of Granada exclusively just for you and your partner, friends, or family.
The monarchs died before the chapel was finished, and their bodies rested in the convent of San Francisco de la Alhambra (today the Parador Nacional de Turismo) until the Royal Chapel was completed.
Charles V was subsequently commissioned in 1521 to move the bodies of his grandparents to the newly completed chapel.
Carlos V buried almost all the dead of the family in the Royal Chapel, including Ferdinand and Isabella, Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad, his wife Elizabeth, their children and Princess Maria of Portugal, wife of Prince Philip.
It was Philip II who moved everyone buried in the chapel to his newly built Escorial. He left only the Catholic Monarchs and their children Philip and Juana, who currently lie with their parents.
The burial monument of the Kings is the work of the Italian Domenico Fancelli, who built it in Genoa with Carrara marble, while that of Joanna the Mad and Philip the Handsome is the work of Bartholomew Ordenez.
La Capilla Real de los Santos Juanes is embedded in the Cathedral and set in a magnificent setting of the historic city centre.
It is one of those monuments that any city in the world would be proud of.
The original main entrance to the Royal Chapel of Granada is inside the Cathedral. The current entrance to the Royal Chapel is through la Lonja, from where you start your visit.
Royal Chapel MuseumThis Museum was created in the Royal Chapel's Sacristy and contain the most valuable belongings of the Catholic Monarchs.
This Sacristy-Museum contains a great collection of paintings from the Flemish, Italian and Spanish schools, with paintings by important artists such as Juan de Flandes and Hans Memling and Botticelli.
There are items of great historical value, such as the crown and the scepter of the Catholic Monarchs. Some of the highlights of the museum are the Queen's chest and mirrow.
There is also an amazing Missal, a beautiful book painted by Francisco Flores in 1496 for the Queen.
The The Sacrity-Museum is a part of the Royal Chapel, therefore it's included in the same ticket.
Royal Chapel Entrance Prices and Opening Hours
Royal Chapel Opening HoursThe Royal Chapel of Granada is open again for cultural and touristic visits on a temporary schedule:
- Friday and Saturdays: 10:00 - 14:00 and 15:30 - 19:30.
- Sundays: 11:00 - 14:00.
Royal Chapel Admission Prices
- General admission: for individuals and groups: 5 euros (free audioguide included).
- Children under 12: free entry.
- Students and people with disabilities: 3,5 euros.
- Free entry: every Wednesday form 14:30 to 18:30 (booking required).
- Granada Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour with a local expert guide.
Royal Chapel Location and How to Get ThereThe Royal Chapel is part of the Cathedral complex, next to the Cathedral itself.
It is located in a privileged area of the city, near the Alcaiceria, the Bib-Rambla square, the Madraza and Plaza Isabel la Catolica.
You can get to Royal Chapel of Granada using Granada city buses, routes 4, 8, 11, 21, 33 (the bus stop is 'Gran Via 1' or Cathedral), routes C31, C32, C34 (the bus stop is 'Plaza Isabel Catolica').
Address: Royal Chapel, Gran Via de Colon 5, 18001 Granada. Telephone: 958 227 848.
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Page Updated: Aug 18, 2020
Opinions about Royal Chapel of Granada
5 euros is a really good valueThe entrance is only 5 euros to enter with the audio guide included, a really good value. You need about one hour to see it. This is next to the Cathedral but the admission is separate from entrance to the cathedral.
It is advisable to wear something warm, it’s a bit cool there.
A beautifully decorated chapelApart from being the final resting place of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand it is also a beautifully decorated chapel where you can find Queen’s crown and scepter and the organ with 4000 pipes.
To avoid long queues it is better to see it between 14:00-16:00 when most people will be eating. Photography is not allowed in the chapel.