Capilla Real de Granada

The Royal Chapel of Granada is a temple of Catholic worship.

It was founded as a funerary chapel by the Catholic Monarchs, Isabel I of Castile and Fernando II of Aragon, and also houses the graves of her daughter and heir Juana I of Castile and her husband, Felipe el Hermoso.

The Catholic Monarchs chose the city of Granada as a burial place, creating, by means of a Royal Decree dated September 13, 1504, the Royal Chapel. It was built between 1505 and 1517 and dedicated to Santos Juanes, San Juan Bautista and San Juan Evangelista.

The set of buildings, made up of the church, the sacristy and an access market, began to be built in 1505 by Enrique Egas in the Gothic style. Juan Gil de Hontañón, Juan de Badajoz el Viejo and Lorenzo Vázquez de Segovia also participated in its construction.

The chapel was conceived as an annex to the new cathedral headquarters to be built in Granada after the conquest and capitulation of the Nasrid Kingdom in 1492. However, both buildings are independent today, and their styles are different. , because while the Royal Chapel presents forms of the final Gothic, the cathedral was built according to the new Renaissance aesthetics.

The exterior of the chapel follows the same model as the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes in Toledo. It has side chapels, a nave with a ribbed Gothic vault. You can see the choir at the feet with a carpanel arch and a sotocoro.

On the way to the presbytery, a preconceived light effect is created as an idea to symbolize the sun and light with justice (Albertian-Neoplatonic sense). There is a hierarchy of the transept dedicated to a mausoleum separated by a monumental decorated gate forged by Master Bartolomé.

In the center of the transept are the tombs of Isabel and Fernando, the work of the Italian artist Domenico Fancelli, and those of Juana and Felipe, by the Spanish sculptor Bartolomé Ordóñez.

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