Yuste: the Emperor’s retreat
Monasterio de Yuste. 100_3800. Pedronchi. BY CC 2.0The architectural discretion of this monastery and the adjoining Royal Room where Emperor Charles V stayed contrast with its worldwide fame, which reached an almost mythical status in Modern Age culture as the place where the Emperor spent his final months, and was portrayed in countless works.
The San Jerónimo de Yuste Monastery was built at the beginning of the 15th century, with a Gothic and a Renaissance cloister, portraying the change in the era’s styles. The Royal Room, built by Gaspar de Vega in the mid-16th century according to the Emperor’s instructions, is marked by the simplicity and logical distribution of a religious retreat, located alongside the church altar under which the Emperor asked to be buried. His body remained there until his son, Philip II, had it transferred to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.