Snapshot of Madrid: San Jerónimo el Real Church

by Gray Cargill on May 22, 2012

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One of the places most guidebooks will tell you to visit when you’re in Madrid is Museo Nacional del Prado (the Prado Museum). As you may recall, I wasn’t all that wowed by the Prado. I guess I’m more of an architecture lover than an art lover, because what did capture my attention on that outing was a beautiful church set up on a hill behind the Prado.

Iglesia San Jerónimo el Real (San Jerónimo el Real Church) is a Catholic Church and part of a former Hieronymite monastry. It was built toward the end of the 15th Century in the Gothic style of architecture.  During the war with Napoleon, the church was nearly destroyed and had to be rebuilt. Inside San Jerónimo, you’ll see beautiful stained glass windows and sculptures by some of Spain’s best artists. The church has hosted royal weddings over the years, as well as the coronation of King Juan Carlos I in 1975.

The church is open to visitors from 10am – 1pm and 5pm – 8pm, and admission is free. The street address is Calle Moreto 4.

Sandy Allain August 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I think the church looks majestic. There is no other word for it. It has survived the switching times and I cannot imagine how it survived all these generations. Lots of history over there.

Gray August 10, 2012 at 5:11 am

I agree, Sandy, one of the greatest things about Europe is all the history everywhere you look. Sometimes things need to be renovated or rebuilt, like this church, but in one way or another, they stand the test of time.

Gray May 22, 2012 at 11:19 am

Spain is definitely one of my favorite countries, Andi.

Gray May 22, 2012 at 11:17 am

Audrey! We are kindred spirits!

Gray May 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

Isn’t it, Ted? The architecture in Europe is so gorgeous, I always wonder why US architecture has to be so bland by comparison.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures May 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

Gorgeous, I love Spain!!!

Audrey | That Backpacker May 22, 2012 at 6:43 am

I’m on the same page! I’m all about checking out the architecture in a new city! Sometime I am more wowed by the architecture of a museum than I am by the paintings inside it. 😀

Traveling Ted May 22, 2012 at 6:05 am

I can see why you would be wowed by this amazing church. Beautiful picture.

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