Convento de Santo Domingo El Antiguo

Monastery and Museum in Toledo

Convento De Santo Domingo El Antiguo, Teledo
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The Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos (el Antiguo) or Monastery of Saint Dominic of Silos (the Old) is a Cistercian convent in Toledo, Spain. It is believed to have been founded in the 6th century. Its rebuilding after the Conquest of Toledo by King Alfonso VI of Leon and Castile is mentioned by the historian Pedro de Alcocer. King Alfonso had it dedicated to St Dominic of Silos. It was Cluniac before becoming a nunnery of the Cistercian order. The convent underwent major rebuilding work in the second half of the 16th century, in which the mudéjar church was demolished. The new building was begun by Nicolás de Vergara and completed by the royal architect Juan de Herrera.

The cloister contains the grave of El Greco and there is a small museum that displays his first paintings from when he arrived in Toledo. There are also wooden and stone sculptures, reredos, fabrics, ceramics, liturgical music and sepulchral slabs that are worth seeing.

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Visiting Convento de Santo Domingo El Antiguo


11am-1.30pm & 4-7pm Mon-Sat, 4-7pm Sun


adult/child €2.50/free

Address: Convento de Santo Domingo El Antiguo, Plaza Santo Domingo Antiguo, Toledo, Spain
Duration: 20 minutes

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