I have to admit, I was not that interested in seeing that place. How stupid was I! The Royal Chapel is one of the monuments that the city of Granada prides itself on most. After all, more than five centuries of the city’s history are enclosed in it.

The Royal Chapel is located between the Cathedral of Granada, just in the historic centre of the city. It is of late Gothic or Elizabethan style and was built by order of the Catholic Monarchs in 1504 to become a burial place for their bodies. Queen Elizabeth gave high priority to the project and provided it with the necessary funds, even by writing in her will how it should be completed. Emperor Charles V respected in all respects the wishes of his grandparents and was commissioned later, in 1521, to transfer their bodies to the newly completed chapel. The funerary monument of the Catholic Monarchs is the work of a famous Italian artist and architect Domenico Fancelli, who built it in Genoa with Carrara marble, while that of Juana la Loca and Felipe el Hermoso is the work of Bartolomé Ordóñez. Moreover, you can find in this museum an important collection of Flemish tables and masterpieces from the 15th and 16th centuries by Italian and Spanish artists. Among those that stand out, there is the famous triptych of the Passion, the work of Dierick Bouts, which belonged to Queen Elizabeth the Catholic and which, due to its dimensions and qualities, is the most important work in Granada.

¡Me gustó mucho! Isabel la Católica even wrote in her will that numerous paintings were to be taken from her collection and transferred to Granada once her Royal Chapel was finished as she wanted them to decorate its walls. That was such a great idea as now we have the possibility to see all those oeuvres!!!

To sum up, as you can imagine, I didn´t regret my decision.

– A. Homańska