SAN ANTONIO EL REAL

It is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning buildings in town, as well as one of the most scarcely known. We are talking of the Monastery of San Antonio el Real, located at avenida de Padre Claret, just where the aerial path of the aqueduct begins.

Built by the so called “Segovian king”, Enrique the 4th of Castile, half-brother of Isabella (the Catholic Queen) and a key figure of the history of this town, it was conceived as the convent where the Franciscan brothers would live until the time, after the king’s passing, that his sister Isabella would donate it to the Poor Clares, hence relocating the male Franciscans in the convent of Saint Francis (the Academy of Artillery these days).

This is an extremely beautiful monastery with a number of mudejar coffered ceilings dating back from the 15th century and miraculously almost intact.

A good portion of the building is used today as a hotel bearing the same name, amongst the most popular ones in town.

The convent is open to the public and it is well worth it paying a visit; the timetables are from Tuesday afternoon from 16:00 to 18:30, Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 18:30 to Sunday morning from 10:45 to 14:00. Entry fee is 2 euros per person, 1.50 euros por groups over 20 people and free for children under 12, disabled and unemployed people.

Picture taken from the website of the hotel http://www.sanantonioelreal.es

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