Sober in appearance, the hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida surprises with the great pictorial ensemble that Goya painted at the end of the 18th century. In this masterpiece of Spanish art, the Aragonese artist always kept in mind that he was decorating one of the most popular temples in Madrid, famous for its pilgrimage on 13 June.
The original hermitage, dedicated to San Antonio de Padua, was built in front of the Abanico fountain by order of Carlos IV. Work of Francisco de Fontana (1792 – 1798) its plant is of Greek cross with very short arms and semicircular apse in the head, which originates a central space dominated by a great dome illuminated by lantern. The hermitage is surrounded by rooms attached to the outside forming a rectangle. The feet that mark the main façade built according to the Baroque canon stand out.
Due to the special concern that has always existed to ensure its conservation, in 1905 was declared a National Monument, and in 1928 was built next to it an identical temple to move the cult and reserve the original as a museum of Goya. Despite being one of the best examples of Madrid’s neoclassical style, it is Goya’s frescoes that make the hermitage of San Antonio an essential stop in Madrid, as well as being the place where the artist’s remains have rested since 1919. Goya decorated the dome with frescoes depicting the trance of the Saint before the people of Lisbon. The altarpieces were later painted by Jacinto Gómez Pastor
Timetable (From 15 September to 15 June)
Tuesday to Sunday: 09:30 to 20:00
Hermitage visits: Tue-Sun: 09:30 – 20:00 h
Guided tours (in Spanish and English, with prior registration): 915 420 722
– Saturdays: 13:00 – 13:50 h indicated in the Program.
– Special Sunday at 13:00 (11 March – Women’s Day; 15 April – World Art Day; 16 April, Goya’s death; 22 April – Book Day; 20 May – Museums Day (18 May))
Closed: Mondays (including public holidays), 1 and 6 January, 1 May, 24, 25 and 31 December.
Last visitor pass: 20 minutes before closing time (eviction from rooms will begin 10 minutes before)
* This schedule and the opening of rooms may be subject to change.