Monasterio de Santa María la Real
de las Huelgas
Cistercian monastery from the 12th and 13th centuries, founded by King Alfonso VIII and his wife in 1188 for Cistercian nuns
Panteón Real (Royal Pantheon); buried in Gothic tombs are King Alfonso VIII and his wife Doña Leonor de Aquitania, King Enrique I, Queen Doña Berenguela, Prince Don Fernando de la Cerda and many other members of royalty from the Crown of Castilla.
The church consists of three naves and a transept, with five chapels in the apse, of Cistercian style.
Renaissance and Baroque altarpieces and masonry.
The cloister of San Fernando includes Moorish style plasterwork.
In the chapterhouse is kept the standard from the battle known as the Batalla de las Navas and several tombs.
The Romanesque cloister, known as "Claustrillas", with the attached chapels dedicated to the Asunción and Santiago, shows Mudejar style influences.
From the outside, the strong defence tower of the monastery and what remains of the walls can be seen.
Surrounded by defensive walls, it is a monastery with Romanesque and Gothic features. It is where the standard from the Batalla de las Navas de Tolosa is kept. There is a textiles museum.
Museum of medieval textiles, paintings, Mudejar style architecture and tombs.
It has a small workshop.
Real Hospital de Peregrinos
Hospital founded by queen Juana de Manuel in the year 1370 to replace an aforementioned 12th century one.
Fundamental milestone for those on the Camino de Santiago, it was the intermediate stage between Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Burgos, where the pilgrims prepared themselves for the dangerous journey through the Montes de Oca, the "Nemus Oque", quoted by Aymeric in 1143.
Under royal patronage the Hospital de la Reina (Queens Hospital), as it was known, along with the Hospital del Rey (Kings Hospital) in Burgos was the place where the Crown attended to the pilgrims and the poor people of the province and was the richest and best equipped after the one in Burgos.
Famous for its riches and charity and praised by many writers, the President of Honour is Queen Sofia.