Our Lady of Montserrat Church, Madrid
The church was founded by King Philip IV of Spain to accommodate the Castillian monks from the Benedictine monastery of Montserrat, displaced by the insurrection in Catalonia in 1640. The Catalan monks of the monastery had expelled the Castillian monks.
The Desamortización de Mendizábal of 1836 suppressed the monastic order, and in 1837, the structure became part of a women's prison called La Casa Galera. The Interior was never completed. Only one highly decorative tower was constructed. The interior once held Alonso Cano's wooden statue of Christ de Burgos, now in the Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.
Translated from Spanish Wikipedia entry.
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