Miraflores Charterhouse

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Miraflores Charterhouse
Native name
Spanish: Cartuja de Miraflores
Cartuja de Miraflores.JPG
Facade of the monastery
Location Burgos, Castile and León, Spain
Founded 1441
Built 1401
Rebuilt 1454-1488
Restored July 28, 1484
Architect Juan de Colonia and Simon de Colonia
Architectural style(s) Gothic
Governing body Carthusian Order
Official name: Cartuja de Miraflores
Type Non-movable
Criteria Monument
Designated January 5, 1923[1]
Reference no. RI-51-0000238

Miraflores Charterhouse (Spanish: Cartuja de Miraflores) is a charterhouse, or Carthusian monastery, located in the city of Burgos in Spain.[2]

For centuries it was a summer residence of the Spanish monarchy and is one of the most important Gothic buildings of Spain.

Location[edit]

It is situated in the east part of the city of Burgos, in the Fuentes Blancas urban park.

History[edit]

The buildings were originally built as a palace for Henry III of Castile in 1401, while his son John II of Castile gave it to the Carthusian Order in order to made it a royal burial place, and in 1441 the abbey was founded.[3] In 1452 the palace was damaged by fire and reconstruction started in 1454 under the direction of the architects Juan de Colonia and Simón de Colonia. The restoration was finished in 1484, during the reign of Isabella I of Castile.

Works of art[edit]

Altarpiece by Gil de Siloé

There are several works by Gil de Siloé:

  • The main altarpiece.
  • The mausoleum of King John II of Castile and of his wife, Isabella of Portugal.
  • The funeral monument of Alfonso, son of John II and brother of Isabella I of Castile.

Other works include a sculpture of Saint Bruno by Manuel Pereira, and an Annunciation by Pedro Berruguete.

Cultural heritage[edit]

Transport[edit]

The charterhouse can be accessed on foot and by private car. There is public parking in front of the monastery. The bus line 17 connects the Plaza de España with the charterhouse on all religious holidays and Sunday mornings.[4]

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Coordinates: 42°20′14″N 3°39′25″W / 42.33722°N 3.65694°W / 42.33722; -3.65694