Tourism in Murcia
The Hieronymites Monastery is the seat of the Catholic University of San Antonio
The Hieronymites Monastery is known as the Escorial of Murcia and its beauty will captivate the traveller, who will discover it in the heart of the orchard, surrounded by palm trees and fruit trees.
Declared a National Historic Monument, it has been called the "Murcian Escorial"
The monastery was built at the beginning of the 18th century at the request of the Hieronymite monks, who sought a place of retreat in this area of the orchard, safe from flooding. Declared a National Historic Monument, it has been called the "Murcian Escorial", as it is a work of great proportions. With a Latin cross floor plan, it has an exposed brick façade, a door with a semicircular arch and two slender towers crowned with vitrified tile domes in the characteristic blue colour of Murcian Baroque, as well as the polygonal dome of the transept, of considerable dimensions.
It is one of the Region's cultural focal points
The interior of the temple is profusely decorated with white geometric plasterwork on a blue background. The main Baroque altarpiece stands out, in marble, alabaster and gilded wood. The altarpiece can be dated to around the 1780s. It is a transitional work between baroque and formal classicism, although it has lost some of its original elements and is guided by the façade of the Cathedral of Murcia.
Today, after several restorations and refurbishments, it has become the headquarters of the Catholic University of San Antonio (UCAM), which makes it one of the cultural focal points of the Region.