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Convent of la Asunción de Calatrava

After successful negotiations, the building of the monastery of the nuns of Calatrava was ratified in 1524.The magnitude of the project led to stop its building for years due to the exhaustion of funds. It was not until 1543 when Gutiérrez de Padilla contributed a large sum of money under the condition that the construction must be completed within one year.

“Calatravas” nuns inhabited the monastery until 1815, whereupon they were transferred, and so the monastery was hosted by friars until 1836, when religious orders were abolished, and all the assets belonging to this convent passed to the State by the process known as the “proceso desamortalizador”.

In 1851 the monastery was declared National Historic Monument, but the building suffered unfortunate missuses by the Cavalry Barracks, and the subsequent restorative works will be made by the Dominican Order from 1903 onwards in order to arrange it as seminary. These alterations modified drastically the original design as the church building.

The Cloister layout is one of the most beautiful and least known of the Spanish Renaissance. This is of quadrangular ground plant and consists of two galleries with sixty classic sandstone columns with white marble Macael shafts. The selection of the Ionic order on the ground floor and the Tuscan on the upper floor shows a thorough knowledge of the work of Serlio "The general rules of architecture" based on the Vitruvian one. The proportionality of the architectural elements of its courtyard proves the correct theoretical training of the architect. 

It holds stylistically great similarities to the Toledo Hospital of Tavera, which raises questions regarding its implementation, the authorship and chronology. It is believed that its author is Enrique Egas El Mozo, a pupil of Francisco de Luna, the main master of the Uclés monastery (Cuenca), and inhabitant of the town, Villanueva de los Infantes during this period. In fact, this is clear as in the second half of the 16th century the Tavera and Albacete monasteries were building and as result they hold great parallelism. As regards the chronology it is documented that in 1534 the cloister was under construction.

This incredible cloister stands out thanks to its decoration and its wonderful bas-reliefs which deserve a detailed iconographic analysis. Around the galleries are seven doors and three windows on the ground floor and two doorways on the upper floor, where it is reflected its Plateresque style decoration which El Mozo had presumably assimilated from the Toledo circles since the decorated motifs were exactly the same as those used by Covarrubias in some of his works (garlands, fruits, cameos, and so on).

The most remarkable element of this cloister is doubtless the grand staircase, which it is based on the typical cloister pattern of staircase of the 16th century. This staircase, which has three sections, hugs the curve of a flamboyant Gothic style balustrade.

 

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From January 1st to March 26th

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from October 2nd to December 31th

From March 27th to July 2nd

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from July 31th to October 1st

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- Last admission 10 minutes before closing.

- Opening hours may be subject to change without prior notice.

Phone (s):926 69 33 32
Email: dominicos@almagro.es
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Ticket prices:

- General price: € 2,00

- Reduced price: € 1,50

- Ticket including visit to 6 monuments (Corral de Comedias, Church of San Agustín, Cloister of the Monastery of the Asunción, Palace-House of Juan Xedler -Fúcares-, Municipal Theatre and Lacemaking Museum):

  • General price, € 9,00 - Reduced price: € 6,50
  • With theatrical visit: € 12,00 – Reduced price: € 8,50

- Prices may be subject to change without prior notice.

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