Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes
Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca
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Sinagoga del Tránsito
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Convento San Antonio
The Franciscan nuns here sell their sweet speciality, corazones de San Antonio (San Antonio hearts) for €8 a box.
Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes information
Lonely Planet review
This imposing 15th-century Franciscan monastery and church was provocatively founded in the heart of the Jewish quarter by the Catholic monarchs Isabel and Fernando to demonstrate the supremacy of their faith. The rulers had planned to be buried here but eventually ended up in their prize conquest, Granada. The highlight is the amazing two-level cloister, a harmonious fusion of late ('flamboyant') Gothic downstairs and Mudéjar architecture upstairs, with superb statuary, arches, vaulting, elaborate pinnacles and gargoyles surrounding a lush garden with orange trees and roses.
The adjacent church has a series of enormous coats of arms of the Catholic monarchs, who were never shy about self-publicising. Outside, note the chains dangling from the northeastern facade – they once belonged to Christian prisoners liberated from Muslim Granada.