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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Eve Thow (16 months ago)
Amazing museum. The collections are interesting and there is a beautiful courtyard. The temporary exhibits come with a nice video. What's more? Free of charge! Couldn't believe it.
mihai mihai (2 years ago)
Impressive for whom like these kind of things
Mark B (2 years ago)
Small museum but I was able to visit during their free hours, 2 hours per week
Timothy Somerville (3 years ago)
It was a great experience. Must admit that I didn't know much about what would be displayed but it was fascinating. Historical pictures of the Spanish monarchy and about the area. There was also a exhibition upstairs! Spent 2 1/2 hours there without noticing the time.
Francisco Gomez (3 years ago)
Has some great temporary expositions, the cloister is very nice and last but not least, the absolutely magnificent Greco paintings. Free on Sundays!
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