Isabelline Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo, Spain

by Arūnas
Spanish Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo

The Church of St. John of the Monarchs (Spanish: Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes) is a beautiful Roman Catholic church located in the city of Toledo, in Castile La Mancha region, central Spain.

Five interesting facts about the church:

  • It was built for the Franciscans in the Isabelline (Castilian late Gothic) style in the years 1477–1495 according to the plans of the Spanish architect Juan Guas (1433–1496).
  • It was commissioned by King Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516) and Queen Isabella I of Castile (1451–1504) in thanks for the victory at the Battle of Toro (1476) over the army of King Afonso V of Portugal (1432–1481).
  • A fire during the French invasion in 1808 destroyed the library and the original altar of the presbytery; at the end of the 19th century, the building was restored by the Spanish architect Arturo Mélida (1849–1902).
  • In 1954, it was given back to the Franciscans.
  • The ribbed vaults are Mudejar, a style that was inspired by the Moors, with creative decorations on plaster and wood.

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St. John of the Monarchs Church Pictures


Spanish Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo
Calle de Los Reyes Católicos Street, with St. John of the Monarchs Church in the background
Spanish Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo
The main facade of the church
Spanish Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo
The high Altarpiece (the work of Francisco de Coomontes; 1545)
Gothic chandelier
Gothic chandelier
Reliefs with the coats of the Catholic Monarchs
Reliefs with the coats of the Catholic Monarchs
Spanish Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo
Choir gallery
Side Chapel of Christ of the Good Death, with a natural color carving of wood (the work of Corrales Guerrero)
Side chapel of Christ of the Good Death, with a natural color carving of wood (the work of Corrales Guerrero)
Spanish Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo
Interior of the church
Spanish Architecture: St. John of the Monarchs Church in Toledo
Northeastern view of the Monastery and Church of St. John of the Monarchs

Address: Calle Reyes Catolicos 17, 45002 Toledo, Spain

Official website: Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes


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