Santa Cruz Museum

Toledo, Spain

The Museum of Santa Cruz was an important hospital which was converted into a museum in the 19th century.

The hospital was founded by Cardinal Mendoza at the end of the 15th century to centralize assistance to orphaned and abandoned children in the city. It has a remarkable Plateresque portal, work of Alonso de Covarrubias. The building has a Greek cross plant and four courtyards, two of which were completely completed. The first is of Covarrubias and gives access to the upper floor through a three-ladder staircase.

The museum has two floors. The cruiser covers the two floors and is covered with ribbed vaults. In the north arm was located the chapel. The museum has sections of Archeology, Fine Arts and Decorative Arts. The Fine Arts funds are distributed on the first and second floor of the building, and those of archeology, in the Noble Cloister and in an underground floor. The Decorative Arts have a sample of Toledan folk handicrafts, which is also located on the floor of the basement.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Museums in Spain

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julien silverston (4 months ago)
Lovely and historical place
박미현 (17 months ago)
The staff here are rude. Treat Asians with disrespect. Not ready to welcome the world to commemorate El Greco..
박미현 (17 months ago)
The staff here are rude. Treat Asians with disrespect. Not ready to welcome the world to commemorate El Greco..
Eva Mouratidou (17 months ago)
Beautiful museum, not that famous for many people! Its quite small so you will need only about half an hour to visit it! There are many paintings of El Greco, even more than those in El Greco's House museum. Very interesting paintings in general, all about religion. Even if someone is not religious, it's great opportunity to see those paintings and the different ways artist painted. Those of El Greco stand out easily of course. Take a visit!
Eva Mouratidou (17 months ago)
Beautiful museum, not that famous for many people! Its quite small so you will need only about half an hour to visit it! There are many paintings of El Greco, even more than those in El Greco's House museum. Very interesting paintings in general, all about religion. Even if someone is not religious, it's great opportunity to see those paintings and the different ways artist painted. Those of El Greco stand out easily of course. Take a visit!
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