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Monastery of San Jeronimo, Granada, Spain.

MONASTERIO DE SAN JERONIMO Construction of this Renaissance Roman Catholic monastery and church began in 1504 and 1519 respectively, tehe works were directed by Diego de Siloe and were finished in 1547. The monastery has two cloisters, each built around a garden. The main courtyard of the Monastery of San Jeronimo, has a Doric doorway, decorated with thirty-six semicircular arches with shields. These emblems and initials belong to the founding fathers and the coat of arms of the first Archbishop of Granada and monk, Jerome Hernando de Talavera. The second cloister, now the enclosure of the monastery's community of monks, was the residence of the Empress Isabella of Portugal for her wedding to Charles I of Spain (Holy Roman Emperor Charles V). The adjacent Church was started in 1519 under the leadership of Jacopo Torni however on his death in 1526, it reverted back to Diego de Siloe. The main chapel was completed in 1522. The bodies of Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba, known as "El Gran Capitan", and his wife Dona Maria de Manrique were moved here from the Casa Grande of the Convent of Saint Francis. The Hieronymites monks were expelled from the Monastery when it was sacked and assigned as barracks by the French army during the Peninsular War, and sadly lost many of its beautiful ornaments were distroyed. The French army demolished the church tower and used the stone to build the Puente Verde bridge over River Genil, linking the Paseo de la Bomba to the Avenida de Cervantes. The State undertook a restoration of the building in 1916-1920. In the 1980s the tower re-constructed. The gateway on Calle Rector Lopez Argueta is original. It had disappeared in the 19th century and was re-erected in the 1960s after being found abandoned in a courtyard of a privately owned country house. The sculpture of the Virgin of Sorrows on the gate is not original.