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Real Monasterio de Santa María de Guadalupe (Royal Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe)

  • Entrance on Pl. Mayor Map It
  • Guadalupe
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2018

Fodor's Review

Looming in the background of the Plaza Mayor is the late-Gothic facade of Guadalupe's colossal monastery church, flanked by battlement towers. The (required) guided tour begins in the Mudejar cloister and continues on to the chapter house, with hymnals, vestments, and paintings including a series of small panels by Zurbarán. The ornate 17th-century sacristy has a series of eight Zurbarán paintings, from 1638–47. These austere representations of monks of the Hieronymite order and scenes from the life of St. Jerome are the artist's only significant paintings housed in the setting for which they were intended. The tour concludes in the garish, late-baroque Camarín, the chapel where the famous Virgen Morena (Black Virgin) is housed. The dark, mysterious wooden figure hides under a heavy veil and mantle of red and gold; painted panels tell her life's story. Each September 8, the virgin is brought down from the altarpiece and walked around the cloister in a procession with pilgrims following on their knees. Outside, the monastery's gardens have been restored to their original, geometric Moorish style.

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Entrance on Pl. Mayor, Guadalupe, Extremadura, 10140, Spain

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  • €5

Published 08/20/2018


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