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Granada: Royal Chapel, Cathedral and Monastery of San Jerón

1. Granada: Royal Chapel, Cathedral and Monastery of San Jerón

With this combined tour, you can enjoy the three most characteristic monuments of Granada linked to the Catholic Monarchs and Emperor Carlos V. Start your tour at the Plaza Bib-Rambla where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, you'll enter the Royal Chapel, built for Isabel la Católica, who is buried next to Fernando de Aragón. After discovering its splendid marble tombs and the rich collection of Flemish paintings personally owned by the queen, you will visit the Cathedral of Granada, built by Emperor Carlos V. This Cathedral was erected by the hands of the architect Diego de Siloé on the Alhama mosque, making it one of the first Renaissance works in the country. Finally, complete your experience with a visit to the splendid Monastery of San Jerónimo, built by the Catholic Monarchs to extol the military and heroic greatness of the Grand Captain, Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. Of particular note in this building is the main altar, where Gonzalo was buried, it is truly a sight to behold.

Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

2. Granada: Alhambra Guided Tour with Tickets

Uncover the beauty of the millenary city, Granada, with the help of a local guide.  Visit some of the most emblematic monuments including the Alhambra – the palatial home of the ancient Arabic royalty. A monumental sight, the complex incorporates El Generalife, the summer residence of the sultans, the Nasrid palaces and La Alcazaba, which served as the military zone of the citadel. While absorbing the architecture your designated guide will fill you in on the intricate history of this legendary location.

Granada: Cathedral and/or Royal Chapel Tour

3. Granada: Cathedral and/or Royal Chapel Tour

If the Alhambra is the highlight of the Muslim side of Granada, the Cathedral is the heart of the Christian city. On this 90-minute walking tour with a Spanish-speaking guide you’ll begin with a visit to the Cathedral, built on the site of a mosque by Queen Isabella after the conquest of Granada. Admire this masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance style, with its impressive façades and stunning interior that includes a grand altar and several chapels. Carlos V, always respectful of the memory of his ancestors, ensured that the Cathedral was built in accordance with the desires of the Catholic kings. Continue on to the Royal Chapel, which is surrounded by the Granada Cathedral, the Church of Sagrario and the Madraza Palace. Built between 1505 and 1517 in the Isabelline Gothic style, the Chapel was dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. You can pay your respects to those buried here, including Catholic monarchs, Joanna of Castile and her husband, Philip I of Castile.

Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

4. Granada: 3-Hour Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

An in depth insight into the Christian history of Granada, including the Encarnación Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. The tour also includes a trip to the Arabic Baths from the XI century, some the oldest in Granada. These baths hold great cultural significance due to their complete preservation, and their being one of the few places that were not destroyed by the Catholic Kings. The tour concludes by passing through the historical center, visiting 'La Madraza', the first university that was created by Yusuf I.

Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

5. Granada: City Center, Cathedral, Capilla, and Madraza Tour

You will start in Plaza Nueva, admiring one of the constructions that changed the physiognomy of the city the most. You will also astonish yourself with the Real Chancillería, which was the highest court of appeal of the Corona de Castilla. Follow that, admire the Plaza Nueva, the church of Santa Ana, and the Pilar del Toro, each of them being a part of one of the most important places of today’s Granada. You will walk down the Darro riverbed to see the old Al-Funduq (Corral del Carbón), one of the few Muslim buildings of commercial use that are still preserved. Following that, stroll through its streets, visiting the old silk market where thousands of stalls will intoxicate your senses with their colors and smells. Later on you will visit the Madraza, founded by Yusuf I in 1349. You will then proceed to enter inside the Capilla Real, where the Reyes Católicos chose to be buried in order to leave a permanent reminder of the hard work they had to do to win this city back. Towards the latter end of your tour you will visit the cathedral, which began to be built by Emperor Charles V.

Granada: Private Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

6. Granada: Private Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

Your tour will begin as you meet your guide at a meeting place predetermined by you prior to the day. From there you will travel to the Royal Chapel of Granada, which is a final resting place of the magnificent kings of Spain, Queen Isabella, and her husband King Ferdinand. You will then advance towards Granada Cathedral, which is one of the biggest cathedrals in all of Spain and a significant representative symbol of the presence of Christianity in the country. Following this you travel to Alcaiceria, where you will be able to stroll around a Muslim Medieval market place for 15 minutes. Towards the end of your tour you will visit Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, a monument that commemorates the meeting of Queen Isabella with Cristopher Columbus.

Granada: Royal Chapel and Historical Center Walking Tour

7. Granada: Royal Chapel and Historical Center Walking Tour

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the most important historical sites of the city of Granada accompanied by an experienced guide. Start your tour in Plaza Bib-Rambla, a square which used to be the entrance to the city. Here you’ll see where the “Gate of Ears” used to stand and learn the story behind this name.   The next point on your tour is the Alcaicería, an Arabian marketplace full of narrow and winding walkways. Pick up some souvenirs, or just marvel at the vast variety of goods available, including gorgeous silks and fragrant spices.   Continuing on, your next stop will be the highlight of your day: the Royal Chapel, where the marble tombs of historical royals are located. Here lie Isabella and Ferdinand, alongside their daughter Joanna I and son-in-law Phillip the Handsome.   Finally, head to the historic center of town to see La Madraza, the first Islamic university of Granada. Built in the 14th century, this splendid work of architecture is still part of the city’s University.

Granada: Essential Must-Do Walking Tour

8. Granada: Essential Must-Do Walking Tour

Embark on a historical tour of Granada and learn how this beautiful city transformed from the Islamic period to the Christian period. The walking tour takes you through the streets of the historical city center to discover the town before and after the Islamic conquest. Start in the heart of the city, beside the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel. Later the tour enters the heart of the Albaycín, which is full of tea shops, churches, narrow streets, monuments, and many secrets. Your expert guide will describe the important historical facts of Granada, covering the Catholic Monarchs, Charles V, The Alhambra, the Moorish tragedy, the urban and water infrastructure, and The Cármenes of Granada.

Granada: The Interior of the Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

9. Granada: The Interior of the Cathedral and Royal Chapel Tour

Take a guided visit around the interior of the Royal Chapel and Cathedral. Discover these impressive Gothic and Renaissance monuments in Andalusia with an expert guide who is a specialist in Granada. The Cathedral of Granada, built on the site of the former Great Mosque, is a grandiose monument of 16th century architecture and an imposing symbol of the power of Christendom. Alongside it is the smaller, but equally beautiful, Royal Chapel. The chapel is home to the tombs of the Catholic Kings and the final resting places of Juana la Loca and Felipe el Hermoso. Examine the symbols of these magnificent monuments from a historical, political, and architectural perspective. Discover their significance in a city that was creating a new identity for itself. 

Alhambra, Generalife y Capilla Real-Essential Walking Tour

10. Alhambra, Generalife y Capilla Real-Essential Walking Tour

Discover the essentials of Granada with the best expert guides on a 2-hour tour of the most emblematic places in the city.  Start the tour in the Citadel of the Alhambra. Reach the historic center by exploring its streets, finding the beauty of its noble houses until you reach the site of the Royal Chapel, the former mosque of Granada.

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What people are saying about Royal Chapel of Granada

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Amazing tour guide who spoke English well. Learned so much that I wouldn’t have learnt if we didn’t get a tour.

It is a unique, beautiful place. The explanation of the guide Javi, generous and extensive

Julio was a fantastic guide. A deepest knowledge about cathedral and related history.

Great tour and very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended

Was a brilliant experience would definitely recommend