La Madraza de Granada
La Madraza was founded in 1349 by Sultan Yusuf I as a school and university. It still belongs to Granada University. Since extensive...
Catedral de Granada
Too boxed in by other buildings to manifest its full glory to observers at ground level, Granada’s cavernous cathedral is, nonetheless,...
Centro José Guerrero
An art gallery named for the Granada-born abstract painter (1914–91) who went to live in the US. Exhibitions are temporary and with a...
Stretched along a long zinc bar, a battalion of white-jacketed women stands ready to scoop up a barquillo (cone) or terrana (cup) of...
Calle Oficios · interesting places nearby
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Here they lie, Spain’s notorious Catholic Monarchs, entombed in a chapel adjoining Granada’s cathedral; far more peaceful in death than their tumultuous lives would have suggested. Isabella and Ferdinand commissioned the elaborate Isabelline-Gothic-style mausoleum that was to house them, but it was not completed until 1521, hence their temporary interment in the Alhambra’s Convento de San Francisco.
The monarchs lie in simple lead coffins in the crypt beneath their marble monuments in the chancel, enclosed by a stunning gilded wrought-iron screen created in 1520 by Bartolomé de Jaén. Also here are the coffins of Isabella and Ferdinand’s unfortunate daughter, Juana the Mad, and her husband, Philip of Flanders.
The sacristy contains a small but impressive museum, with Ferdinand’s sword and Isabella’s sceptre, silver crown and personal art collection, which is mainly Flemish but also includes Botticelli’s Prayer in the Garden of Olives . Felipe de Vigarni’s two fine early-16th-century statues of the Catholic Monarchs at prayer are also here.