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Monastery of Santa María del Paular

  • Monastery of Santa María del Paular. Madrid © Turespaña

    Monastery of Santa María del Paular. Madrid © Turespaña



Monasteries and seminaries


14th-18th centuries


Carretera M604, Km 27
28741 Paular, El, Rascafría

Telephone+34 918691958


El Paular, the first monastery in Castile, was founded in 1390 on the orders of John I of Spain. The site underwent a constant process of evolution at the hands of architects Juan Guas, Rodrigo Gil de Hontañón, Francisco Hurtado and Vicente Acero. The church conserves its Flamboyant Gothic façade, and has a nave with a polygonal apse. The cloister is notable for its austerity and its ogive vaulted ceilings, and is surrounded by the friars’ cells. After the sale of church lands, the monastery was abandoned, but was restored its original use in 1910.

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Apr 15 to Oct 28

Monday to Sunday

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Oct 29 to Apr 14

Monday to Sunday

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM



Adults: €5

Retired persons: €3

Groups: €3

Children: €1

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