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Segovia - This is the gothic church of the Jeronimo del Parral monastery

Altarpiece and graves in the church of the Monastery of El Parral in Segovia

Among the various monuments that you can visit on the banks of the Eresma River, outside the grounds of the segovia city, from my point of view the most prominent is theParral monastery.

In the place that occupied in the thirteenth century a small hermitage, called of the Parral, in the middle of the 15th century, King Henry IV ordered to build this monastic complex that was run by the Order of the Jerónimos.

At present in the monastery reside some Jerome monks, being the only congregation, along with that of the Yuste monastery, where there are still representatives of this monastic order.


Church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia

But in you visit of the monastery of Parral de Segovia, Without a doubt, his church will be the corner that will attract your attention the most.

Indeed, its austere exterior facade is not going to notify you of the artistic greatness that encloses the Parral monastery church,

This is because, according to the chronicles, Henry IV he planned that his Main Chapel It was the place where he was to be buried.

But the king died in 1474 and it was not until 1479 when the monastery was completed. Henry IV was finally buried in Guadeloupe.


Facade of the church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia

Outwardly, only the two blazons that are at the top of the unfinished facade, hence its austerity, announce the splendor that you will see.

What to see in Parral monastery church

The church inside shows us a single nave, opening several chapels on the sides. Due to its configuration, it will be a construction model for other monastic churches of the same period, as is the case of the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes de Toledo.

From the last era of Gothic style, the head of the church has a great luminosity, in contrast to the darkness of the nave.


Corner of the church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia

I anticipate that when you arrive before the apse, you will surely sit on a bench to appreciate the artistic beauty of its different corners and elements.

So, on the right you have to look at the porch of the entrance to the Sacristy, in front of which there is a wooden armchair, and next to which is the sepulcher of the Solís Family.

But the highlight is the impressive artistic ensemble formed by the large central altarpiece and the two huge graves located on both sides of it, with ornate sculptural groups.


Grave in the church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia

On the left is the grave of Juan Pacheco, Marquis of Villena, who was the valid of Henry IV, and whoever was commissioned to build the Parral monastery. And on the right, his wife's grave.

Both are attributed to Juan Rodríguez and Lucas Giraldo, and are built in alabaster with a similar configuration: a deep niche with a triumphal arch, and the figures in prayer of both characters.

They greatly remind me of Sepulcher of Gutierre de Vargas and Carvajal what can you see in the Capìlla del Obispo in Madrid.


Grave in the church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia

For its part, the Altarpiece Major It was made of gilded wood and polychrome by some artists from Avila from 1528. It was gilded by Diego de Urbina in 1553.

Under the altarpiece and the sepulchres there is a wooden masonry from another Jerome monastery.

In short, a visit that I advise you toyou shouldn't get lost in Segovia, especially if your excursion is done by car, which will facilitate you get to the Parral Monastery and other churches located on the banks of river Eresma.


Nave and choir of the church of the Monastery of Santa María de El Parral in Segovia

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