Church of St. Jerome the Royal, Madrid, Spain

The Church of St. Jerome the Royal, is a parish church, belonging to the parish of St. Jerome, with a baroque cloister. It was one of the most important monasteries of Madrid. Originally there was a convent but now there is only the church and a cloister. It was closely linked to the royal family and the church and convent have witnessed many events, being the marriage of King Juan Carlos I, the last royal event that has been celebrated there. At the time of Felipe IV the monastery had its best splendor. They began the complete restoration of the church in the early twenty-first century. Inside, there is a large picture , ‘Last Communion of St. Jerome’, which is the work of Rafael Tejeo; we can find paintings that were given by the Prado Museum, the Gothic altarpiece of Jose Mendez among other important works. During the restoration, the wall paintings of the sixteenth century and badly damaged sculptures have appeared in one of the chapels.

Tips

The restoration of the exterior of the church is over but there is still work inside.
To visit the church, you can visit their website to seethe opening hours and the hours of service.

 

Palace House of Verdugo, Avila, Spain

The Palace House of  Verdugo is located in Avila, Spain, inside the fortified area of the city. Don Suero del Águila had ordered tobuild it in 1531 at Lomo Street which is now called Lopez Nunez. In the sixteenth century, the city of Avila was booming thanks to the growth of the wool textile industry, the construction of churches and convents and religious thrust Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross . The house was designed as the home of Don Suero del Aguila and their descendants; in 1536 Don Suero decided to bequeath it to his son, but on the condition that if there were no more descendants, the house would pass into the hands of the Order of the Jeronimos and this has been accomplished in 1606, after the death of his little son, who was the last descendent. When the Jeronimos took it, the palace became a monastery, but ten years later they swapped it by the College of San Gil. The palace then passed to the Jesuits and they kept it until they were expelled from Spain (1.737) and in the eighteenth century, the house was abandoned. Its stone façade has a defensive character; windowless, low-level and two towers on each side of the door and on the door there is the noble coat of arms of Verdugo. It has a very large central courtyard with arches with floral decoration and shields.

Tips

In the vicinity of the palace there are other important monuments of the city that you can access by walking. For more information, visit the city of Avila.

 

Treviso, Veneto, Italy

Treviso is an Italian city, capital of the province of the same name in the Veneto region and is situated in a water-rich region. In the same municipality where born many rivers; the most important is Botteniga which is divided into several branches, called ‘Cagnani’ (channels) that characterize the historic center. The main river is Sile. The city is bathed by several channels. The old town is still partially enclosed by walls (1509) with 3 large gates; San Tomasso Gate which is entirely covered with Istrian stone; Santi Quaranta Gate and Altinia Gate. The city has been linked to a long religious and monastic tradition and kept the walls of churches and the oldest monasteries. To see: the Church of St. Francis, where you will find inside the graves of a son of Dante Alighieri and a daughter of Francesco Petrarca; the Cathedral with the Baptistery and the episcopate; St. Nicolas church with important frescoes; Dei Signori Square (cultural center and heart of the city) and the Palace of Trecento; Mount of Mercy and the chapel of Rectors; the Lodge of the Knights; Pria Bridge (leaning against the walls, where Botteniga river comes into the city and is divided into several channel)s; among others.

Tips

The city is very beautiful to see and to walk, then it is best to stay 2-3 days to be able to see everything you can.
Treviso is 41.7 kilometers from Venice, you can easily arrive by highway or by public transport (50 minutes).