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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo, begun 1476, exterior, by Juan Guas (French, 1430–1496).

Interior view of the nave

Interior view of vaulted ceiling

Interior view of the nave wall

Interior view of the nave wall


Juan Guas (1430–1496), Isabella's court architect, championed the Hispano-Flemish style in structures such as the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo.

The Hispano-Flemish style of architecture and decoration flourished during the reign of Isabella of Castile. It combines intricate Gothic motifs characteristic of the North with elements of the Islamic-inspired Mudejar style.

The monastery of San Juan de los Reyes was built by the Catholic King and Queen (the Catholic Monarchs), Isabel (Elizabeth) and Fernando (Ferdinand), to commemorate their victory at the Battle of Toro (1476)

The church is dedicated to Saint John the Evangelist, patron saint of King Juan II.

San Juan de los Reyes was restored after the damage caused during Napoleon's invasion and after its abandonment in 1835; since 1954 it has been entrusted again to the Franciscans.



For more see The Official Website of San Juan de los Reyes