San Jerónimo Monastery - One of the Best Works of Gil de Siloe
San Jerónimo Monastery in Granada is the first monastery to be built after the conquest of the city by the Christians. Here was buried the Great Captain.
The construction of the monastery of San Jerónimo began in 1496, at a place called the Almoravid, now occupied by the hospital of San Juan de Dios.
All the stones used for its construction were taken by the Kings from the Arab gate of Elvira.
The first courtyard of the Monastery of San Jerónimo has thirty-six semicircular arches with shields with the initials of kings, the first Archbishop of Granada and the monk Jeronimo Hernando de Talavera.
The second has short arches in the Gothic style.
The main attraction of the Monastery of San Jerónimo is the sacristy, one of the best examples of Spanish Baroque.
The viewer is dazzled by the sight of the effect the light has on the ornamentation created by Luis Cabello, who produced more than a thousand carvings.
The Monastery of San Jerónimo also has one of the best works of Gil de Siloe, his beautiful altar.
Entrance Tickets and Opening Hours of the Monastery
Opening Hours of the San Jerónimo Monastery (Temporarily CLOSED for safety reasons)
- Mornings from Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 13:30.
- Evenings: 15:30 - 18:30 in winter and 16:00 - 19:30 in summer time.
- Mass is on Sundays at 10:00, daily at 9:00.
Entrance Tickets to the San Jerónimo Monastery
- The entrance fee for adults is 4 euros.
- Children under 10 years: free.
- Guided tours on Sundays at 11:00, price: 7 euros (including the entrance to the monument).
Location and How to Get to the Monastery
AddressCalle Rector Lopez Argueta 9, Granada.
Telephone958 279 337.
How to get thereYou can reach Monasterio de San Jeronimo in City Bus route 25, bus stop 'Cran Capitan'. You can also take buses U2 and U3 which stop nearby.
Page Updated: July 28, 2020
Opinions about San Jeronimo Monastery of Granada
Not well-known hidden gemSan Jeronimo Monastery is not well-known hidden gem, probably better than the Cathedral. The interior of this Renaissance monastery is amazing: with a stunning church, the gold altar and beautiful paintings.
For me it’s the most beautiful church in Granada, a must place to visit. Most visitors do not know about this fascinating place.
The ticket costs 4 euros, worth every penny. You can also buy a guide in English for only one euro.
Totally stunningIf you look from the outside you would expect it to be simple, normal monastery. But when you enter the church, it is completely stunning: an amazing ceiling and chapel, beautiful painted walls, altar and orange grove garden.
It is the burial place of Gran Capitan, protector of the Reyes Catolicos and great military strategist. Has many paintings by well-known artists, the entire chapel is covered with frescoes.