Fodor's Expert Review Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida

Moncloa Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Built between 1792 and 1798 by the Italian architect Francisco Fontana, this neoclassical chapel was financed by King Carlos IV, who also commissioned Goya to paint the vaults and the main dome: it took him 120 days to fully depict events of the 13th century (St. Anthony of Padua resurrecting a dead man) as if they had happened five centuries later, with naturalistic images never used before to paint religious scenes. Opposite the image of the frightening dead man on the main dome, Goya painted himself as a man covered with a black cloak. Goya, who died in Bordeaux in 1828, is buried here (without his head, because it was stolen in France) under an unadorned gravestone.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Free Museum/Gallery

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Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida 5
Madrid, Madrid  28008, Spain


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