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Encarnación Monastery

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The Monastery of the Incarnation was built in 1549 as the Charity Hospital of the Incarnation of the Son of God. In 1612, it was occupied by the Jesuits. In 1626, the 4th Duchess of Osuna founded the Monastery on the site of the old charity hospital. The monastery was run by the sisters of the Royal and Military Order of Mercy.

The brick façade has an entranceway framed by pilasters and topped with a broken pediment.

The single-nave temple is covered by a barrel vault with openings. The main baroque altarpiece holds a sculpture of Our Lady of Mercy in the central niche.

The church leads to an arcade courtyard with 18th-century Sevillian tiles. Also noteworthy is a high altarpiece from 1724. It holds the images of the 16th-century Christ of Mercy, Our Lady of Sorrow by Francisco Meneses and a magnificent collection of Child Jesus from the 17th to the 18th century. The 17th-century low choir with stalls can be accessed on the ground floor.

Although open to visits, it is a cloistered convent.

Opening times

Winter (15 September - 15 June):
Guided tours on Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 – 14:30 and 16:00 - 18.00.

Summer (16 June - 14 September):
Guided tours on Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30 - 14:30 and Thursday 19:00 - 21:00

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