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MONASTERIO SAN MIGUEL DE LOS REYES (MONASTERY)

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Avda. de la Constitución, 284;
46019 - Valencia
Phone:+34 963 874 000
Fax:+34 963 874 037

Free entry. Closed Mondays. Guided visits: Tuesdays, school groups only, with previous booking. Saturdays and Sundays guided visits for the general public, no booking required at 12.00 and 1.00 p.m. For more information contact the Monastery.

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DESCRIPCIÓN

Founded by the Duke of Calabria, the San Miguel de los Reyes Monastery is one of the best examples of the Valencian Renaissance, and can be considered the prototype for El Escorial, as it was designed to be a Royal Pantheon, a Hieronymite monastery, a college and a church. However, various mishaps prevented the project from being completed in its entirety. The two architects who designed it in 1546 were Alonso de Covarrubias and Juan de Vidaña. Following the death of the Duke, the construction was interrupted for more than twenty years. Other criteria were then considered, but the first group of buildings fully assumes the Renaissance style. Recently restored and inaugurated (April 23rd 1999) it serves as the Valencian Library. The restoration combines respect for history with the latest technological advances.

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