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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Address: Calle Reyes Catolicos 17, 45002 Toledo, Spain
Official website: Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes