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.