Iglesia de San Jerónimo El Real
- Calle de Ruiz de Alarcón
- 91 420 35 78
- 10am-1pm & 5-8.30pm Mon-Sat Oct-Jun, hrs vary Jul-Sep
Lonely Planet review for Iglesia de San Jerónimo El Real
Tucked away behind the Museo del Prado, this chapel was traditionally favoured by the Spanish royal family, and King Juan Carlos I was crowned here in 1975 upon the death of Franco. The sometimes-sober, sometimes-splendid mock-Isabelline interior is actually a 19th-century reconstruction that took its cues from the Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo; the original was largely destroyed during the Peninsular War. What remained of the former cloisters has been incorporated into the Museo del Prado.