The Royal Chapel (Granada)

FROM The man in the front seat / April 8, 2016


Granada’s most outstanding Christian building is not the cathedral, like in many other Spanish cities, it the Capilla Real (The Royal Chapel). Built in an elaborate Gothic style by the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel and Ferdinand, who wanted to buried on the sight of their greatest victory…The Battle of Granada.


The Nasid dynasty of Granada was the last Mulism domination of Spain to fall to the Reconquista (Reconquest) and it did so in 1492 at the Battle of Granada. In 1504, the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel & Ferdinand, decided that upon their death they wanted their remains to be taken to Granada and buried on the sight of their magnificent victory. The chapel was constructed between 1505 and 1517 in the Gothic style and dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist.

The tombs of not only Isabela and Ferdinand, but also Phillip I, Juana (Isabel & Ferdinand’s daughter), Miguel (Isabel & Ferdinand’s grandson) are there also.

The sacristy also contains an impressive museum which houses amongst other things; Ferdinand’s sword, Isabel’s sceptre, a silver crown and some of their personal art collection including Botticelli’s Prayer in the Garden of Olives.


A guided visit to the Royal Chapel is available, along with a visit to the Albaicin, on;

GRA0001: Albaicin & Royal Chapel

The Royal Chapel (Granada)
The Royal Chapel. The wonderful Gothic façade of the Royal Chapel in Granada
Royal Chapel. The wonderful effergy if Isabel of Castilla
Prayer in the Garden of Olives. One of Botticelli's masterpieces hanging in the Royal Chapel in Granada
Royal Chapel.
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