Monasterio de La Encarnación, Madrid

Nestled in a charming little square between the Royal Palace and Plaza España, the Monasterio de la Encarnación is the second of Central Madrid's royal Hapsburg monasteries. In addition to an interesting church, cloister and collection of art, it contains a fascinating relics room that includes the miraculous blood of a saint.


History of Monasterio de La Encarnación

The Monastery of the Incarnation was founded by Queen Margaret of Austria, wife of Philip III, in 1611 (the year the King James Bible was published in England). After a destructive fire, it was rebuilt by Ventura Rodriguez in 1767. The monastery is still active today, but the nuns stay out of sight during visiting hours.

What to See at Monasterio de La Encarnación

As at the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, visits to the Monasterio de la Encarnación are by guided tours in Spanish only. The convent includes a nice cloister, a fine Baroque church with a frescoed ceiling (by Francisco Bayeu), and a large but not especially impressive collection of 17th-century art.

For many visitors, the highlight of La Encarnación is the reliquario (relics room), where a variety of relics of saints contained in gold and silver reliquaries are displayed. The most important and interesting of these is the blood of Saint Pantaleon, which is kept in a glass orb. Every year on July 26, the eve of his feast day, the blood is said to miraculously liquefy. If it does not, then disaster is sure to follow.

Quick Facts on Monasterio de La Encarnación

Site Information
Names:Monasterio de la Encarnación · Monastery of the Incarnation
Categories:monasteries; miracle sites
Styles:Baroque style
Dedication: Incarnation of Christ
Status: active
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:40.420028° N, 3.711630° W
Address:Plaza de la Encarnación 1
Madrid, Spain
Hours:Tue-Thu, Sat: 10:30am-12:45pm and 4-5:45pm
Sun: 10:30-1:45pm
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.


  1. Real Monasterio de la Encarnación - Spanish National Heritage
  2. Descalzas Reales and Encarnación convents - Rough Guide to Spain
  3. Monasterio de la Encarnación - Frommer's Madrid
  4. Royal Convent of La Encarnación - Wikipedia (July 2009)

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