Sacromonte Monastery

Granada, Spain

The Abbey of El Sacromonte was founded in the 17th century. Under the church there are the catacombs where St. Cecilio, the first bishop and actual Patron of Granada, suffered martyrdom. The monument was designed by Juan de Maeda and finished in 1567. The front façade, by Pedro de Orea, is a magnificent example of the Renaissance period in Andalusia at the end of the 16th century.


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Sacromonte, Granada, Spain
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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Spain

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Oliver Mahoney (13 months ago)
Absolutely Beautiful old building and surroundings are a wonderful walk
Arjale Delfinado (15 months ago)
Very serene place. The caves are a good experience, whole tour would take maybe 30-45mins. I feel like the place has a rich history but was toned down as the tour guide was a bit non fluent with English.
Robert Siddle (16 months ago)
We walked from the old city to here and it is a great walk through Sacromonte via the cave houses. They have tours of Abadia del Sacromonte in different languages with the English speaking tour at 2pm so it is well worth calling ahead so that you can time your tour to fit with your language. The tour takes one hour and starts at the catacombs then through the church and out through the courtyard. In my opinion the catacombs was the best part but the collection of books was also interesting. Highly recommended
George Wordsworth (16 months ago)
If you have booked for a 'free ticket' online at the Granada archdiocese website for this abbey/monastery, make sure you validate the printed e-ticket at the Catedral de Granada. The old lady at the ticket office couldn't speak English, and I managed to write in Italian (as I haven't had a chance to learn Spanish before the trip) to tell her I am willing to pay the normal price to enter, which is 5 euros. Key items in this site include: the Lead Books, the Black and White stones, tomb of St. Cecilius (patron saint of Granada).
Francesco Papa (19 months ago)
Simply stunning! The view is unbelievable with the Sierra Nevada in the background, gorgeous nature, peaceful and well look after. You can get there with a bus very easily from the city centre, with your car that can be parked just outside or if you prefer 10 thousands steps from the Alhambra gates ( not a smart move, my feets are kinda dead, trust me!). The guide took us for an 1h tour of the Abbey for a 5€ per person, money goes to keep those treasure inside in good state. Strongly recommend a visit, you won't regret it!
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