Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida information

Location
Madrid , Spain
Address
Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida 5
Telephone
+34 91 542 07 22
Getting there
Metro: Príncipe Pío
More information
www.sanantoniodelaflorida.es
Opening hours
10am-8pm Tue-Sun, hours vary Jul & Aug
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The frescoed ceilings of the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida are one of Madrid's most surprising secrets. It's been recently restored and is also known as the Panteón de Goya. The southern of the two small chapels is one of the few places to see Goya's work in its original setting, as painted by the master in 1798 on the request of Carlos IV. Simply breathtaking.

The frescoes on the dome depict the miracle of St Anthony, who is calling on a young man to rise from the grave and absolve his father, unjustly accused of his murder. Around them swarms a typical Madrid crowd.

The painter is buried in front of the altar. His remains (minus the mysteriously missing head) were transferred in 1919 from Bordeaux (France), where he died in self-imposed exile in 1828.