The Sacromonte Abbey is a mesmerising location, indebted to the pilgrimages made in honour of the disciples of St. James the Apostle. It is also associated with the ‘plumbeous books’, Arabic records detailing the martyrdom of St. Cecilius, St. Thesiphon and St. Thaddeus, meticulously etched onto lead plates.
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The Holy Caves and the Colleges of St. Denis
The Abbey, along with the Holy Caves, the Old College of St. Denis, and the New College, were all restored and established within the confines of the Sacromonte. These Holy Caves, discovered towards the end of the 16th century, are adorned with relics and figures, providing a majestic welcome to visitors. As you descend the staircase, a series of chapels guide you, including La Dolorosa, the Chapel of Stone – the latter known for the myth that bestows marital fortune on women who kiss it.
Further exploration leads to the Chapel of Santiago, where the apostle is said to have performed the first mass in Spain. Then, you will find an oven – a site dedicated to commemorating the martyrs that gives us a cross reportedly credited to San Juan de Dios.
The Abbey and Its Surroundings
Fast forward to the 17th century, the Abbey was constructed, retaining an unfinished cross from the previous Sacromonte structure, which was erected by Franciscans. The extensive granite courtyard, adorned with a beautiful fountain, is a sight not to be missed. The church, dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, boasts rich decorations, from the choir and altarpieces to the mausoleum of its founder.
Finally, the museum, regarded as an Asset of Cultural Interest, displays works from the 16th and 17th centuries, including incunabula, codices, manuscripts, sculptures and tapestries, and even the Portrait of Don Francisco de Saavedra, painted by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The combination of these elements offers a rich experience for those who are fond of history and culture.
Location and Transport
The Sacromonte Abbey is located atop Monte Valparaíso, on Camino del Sacromonte, 4. The city centre of Granada offers access to the Abbey on foot, a journey known as the “path of the seven slopes”. This is popular amongst pilgrims on the day of the Pilgrimage of San Cecilio and it takes roughly 40 minutes to reach the Abbey from Plaza Nueva.
Alternatively, public transport is available via the city bus line C2 (Sacromonte – Centro) departing from Plaza Nueva. If you’re driving, take the Murcia Highway or A 92 to access El Fargue.
Between 30th October and 26th March (autum and winter), the Sacromonte Abbey is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 15:00 to 18:15.
In the spring and summer months, from 27th March to 30th October, the Abbey is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 15:30 to 19:00.
Please note that the last visit each day commences at closing time.
Admission and Guided Tours
General admission is priced at €5, which includes a guided tour. Children up to 12 for free. Credited Student from 13 to 25 are €3,5. Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago and individuals with disabilities are eligible for a reduced fee of €3.5.
Admission is free from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00, provided reservations are made on the Diocese of Granada’s website at least 24 hours in advance.
Entrance included in the Granada Card voucher. No need to reserve a day and time if you have this card. Simply go to the ticket office and show it.
Each guided tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, showcasing the Cloister, the Collegiate Church, the Holy Caves and the Museum.
For queries or to arrange a free visit or group entrance, you can contact the Sacromonte Abbey Museum at 958 221 445 or send an email to email@example.com.
Instead of merely touring this extraordinary Sacromonte Abbey, succumb to the grandeur of Granada’s monuments and explore further historical buildings in the city.