Royal Chapel

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The Royal Chapel houses the tombs of King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I, the monarchs who conquered the city. Although built in the Gothic style of architecture, the tombs are made in Renaissance style. There is a museum inside the chapel as well.

The Royal Chapel or the Capilla Real is one of the most stunning piece of architecture by the Catholic Monarchs in Spain. The royal chapel houses all the tombs of blue blood people. There is a 47-meter-high dome highlighting the chapel which is attached to the Catderal Santa Maria de la Encarnacion. This was an addition to the cathedral and was built during the early 16th century, following the Gothic style of architecture. The interiors are very well decorated with seven large paintings by Alonso Cano and stained glass windows. The Tomb of Ferdinand and Isabella is made of Carrara marble sculpted by Domenico Fancelli of Florence. To the left, one can find the tomb of Philip the Handsome and Joan the Mad, sculpted by Bartolome Ordonez. One of the best features of the Royal Chapel is the sacristy, which is a collection of artworks, including Christ on the Mount of Olives by Botticelli, Pieta by Rogier van der Weyden and Descent from the Cross by Hans Memling.

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