Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo

The Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes is a historic monastery in Toledo, Spain. It was founded by King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Toro (1476) over the army of Afonso V of Portugal.

The monastery's construction began in 1477 to plans of architect Juan Guas, and was completed in 1504. It was dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist for use by Franciscan friars. In 1809 the monastery was badly damaged by Napoleon's troops during their occupation of Toledo, and abandoned in 1835. Restoration began in 1883 but was not completed until 1967. The monastery was restored to the Franciscan order in 1954.

The monastery is an example of Gothic-Spanish-Flemish style. Its church is in the form of a Latin cross, with short arms, an elongated nave (approximately 50 meters in length, and 30 meters high), and side chapels situated between the domed arches - three chapels on either side of the nave, and two more under the choir. The church is notable for its decoration of coats of arms of the Catholic Monarchs held by eagles. Its chancel is decorated with an altar (mid 16th century) from the former Santa Cruz Hospital by sculptor Felipe Bigarny and painter Francisco de Comontes, depicting scenes from the Passion and the Resurrection, as well as two scenes of the Santa Cruz legend.

Its cloister has a small garden. The ground floor's ceiling are formed of German cross vaults set with figures of saints interspersed with animal and plant motifs, all created by Toledo sculptor Cecilio Béjar in the 20th century. Its upper cloisters, first completed in 1526 and restored in the 19th century, contain Mudéjar ornamentation, including a ceiling of larch wood, painted with the motifs and coats of arms of the Catholic Monarchs, and the motto Tanto monta, monta tanto. Chains of freed Christian prisoners ornament the monastery's granite exterior facade, as per the Queen's order of 1494.

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9 November 2018
Definitely worth a visit. Won’t take long, so just go!
Joanna Burton
25 May 2015
Good audio guide available on your phone through the venue wifi, even for BlackBerry
Denis Einloft
30 March 2015
Vale a visita, como todos os demais sítios em Toledo.
Dana Zárate
29 March 2022
Espectacular. Encima tiene una audio guía gratuita con la que puedes aprender un poco más del lugar. Hermoso por dentro y por fuera
Fluying ✅
15 December 2016
Si tienes que volver al centro, puedes tomar el bus #12 por 1.40 y disfrutar las vistas de la muralla exterior de Toledo. El bus para a un cuadra bajando por la entrada.
Carlos Méndez
16 May 2015
Fue construida en época de los Reyes Católicos, para ser lugar donde reposarían sus restos, aunque finalmente su tumba esta en la Catedral de Granada.
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Sun 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Mon 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
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