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Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo

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The Monastery of San Isidoro del Campo was founded in the year 1301 by Alonso Pérez de Guzmán and María Alonso Coronel at a site near the ruins of Italica where, according to tradition, San Isidoro of Seville was buried, and since then it has been under the administration of successive religious orders, Cistercians, Hieronymite hermits and the Order of San Jerónimo, who have left their mark both in the construction and in the decoration of the building.
 
In 1432 the Hieronymite hermits of Fray Lope de Olmedo replaced the Cistercians and carried out a thorough reform of the Monastery that was reflected in the concept of the monastic life and above all in the decoration. In the mid-16th century a religious movement of a reformist nature arose in Seville, in which the friars of this Monastery participated, leading to the imprisonment of several monks and the flight of others from Spain.
 
In this unique monastery-fortress with a double church, the Gothic style is juxtaposed with clear influences from the Languedoc and the Mudejar, in which the Almohad tradition is evident. In contrast to the Cistercian austerity, the Hieronymite monastery is decorated with frescos that are possibly one of the most remarkable collections in Spain. The Monastery was extended and enriched over the centuries, with the addition of a tower, a belfry, five cloisters and, along with the monastic premises, the procurator's office, the hostelry and the agricultural facilities of this institution, which was intended to be self-sufficient. The facilities of the medieval core -churches, refectory, sacristy, chapter house, etc. - are centred around the Cloister of the Dead.

Opening times

1 January to 30 June and 1 September 31 December: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (last entry 2:00 pm); Friday, Saturday 10:00 am 7:00 pm (last entry 6:00 pm); Sundays and public holidays 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.
1 July to 31 August: Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Other information of interest:
The site is closed every Monday and on the following dates: 1 January, 6 January, 1 May, 24 December, 25 December, 31 December.
The duration of the visit is approximately 45 minutes.
Visitors will not be allowed to enter the site during the 30 minutes prior to closing time.
The site does not have a guided tour service.
Entry free of charge.
Groups of a maximum of 30 people for security reasons.
Confirmation of groups at sanisidoro.aaiicc@juntadeandalucia.es as far in advance as possible.

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