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The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes is situated on the edge of the Jewish Quarter of Toledo in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain.

The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Spain This Way Review: The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes is a beautiful monastery built in Gothic style with a notable two storey cloister.

The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes was built by the Catholic Monarchs in the late 15th century. It was King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile who had the monastery built to celebrate the birth of their son.

It was also built to celebrate victory in the Battle of Toro against the Portuguese.

Interestingly Portugal also claim victory in this battle, however this battle was decisive in leading to the building of the United Kingdom of Spain in the future.

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The monastery was originally intended to be a mausoleum for the monarchs of Spain. However after the Reconquest of Granada this was chosen instead.

The monastery was built in Gothic style and completed in the early 16th century and used by Franciscan friars. It was damaged by Napoleon's troops during their occupation of Toledo in 1809.

The monastery was abandoned in 1835 but work began on its restoration in 1883. The monastery was given back to the monks in 1954 though some of the restoration work was still ongoing at this time.

There is a beautiful altar in the monastery and the cloister is a beautiful two stored cloister with wooden ceilings in Mudejar style and painted with the coats of arms of the monarchs.

Rather unusually the outside of the monastery is decorated with the chains and manacles of the Christians held prisoner by the Moors during the Grenada campaign and released during the Reconquest.

The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Attractions nearby

Toledo is a beautiful city with lots of interesting monuments to see. It is a World Heritage Site and interesting for its Visigoth, Mudejar, Renaissance and Gothic architecture.

It is also famous for its many paintings by El Greco in various buildings throughout the city.

The Jewish Quarter is a particularly nice part of Toledo and both the Synagogue of El Transito and the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca can be visited.

The Gothic cathedral of Toledo is also well worth a visit. Be sure to visit its Sacristy with works by El Greco, Caravaggio and Raphael amongst others.

You can find more local travel ideas in and the Castilla-La Mancha guide.

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