Monastery of Guadalupe
Real Monasterio de Santa María de Guadalupe. Caceres. Extremadura. España. Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca. BY CC 2.0Built in the mid-14th century, the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe is a splendid combination of diverse building styles and techniques. Located in Caceres, Extremadura, this monastery played a key role in Spanish history: this is where Christopher Columbus convinced the Catholic Monarchs to support his expedition to the Indies, which ended in his discovery of America in 1492.
Queen Isabella I of Castile was profoundly devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe and she visited on several occasions during her reign. The monastery houses many valuable works, such as paintings by El Greco and Luca Giordano as well as beautiful manuscripts produced in the monastery’s own scriptorium; however, its most spectacular attraction is the Sacristy, adorned with paintings by Francisco Zurburán, who was commissioned by the monks. The painting of Saint Jerome preserved there is considered to be one the most outstanding works of his career.