Hospital of Tavera
The Hospital of San Juan Bautista is one of the most beautiful and emblematic Spanish Renaissance monuments that also holds, in a palatial atmosphere, an extraordinary pictorial and furniture collection from the “Golden Age” and the only hospital pharmacy completely preserved from that time.
The "first totally Classic building in Castle", also known as Hospital Tavera or of Afuera (outside), because of being located outside the city wall, was created in the XVI Century with a dual function: a hospital for “those touched by various illnesses” and mausoleum for its founder, cardinal Juan Pardo Tavera.
The museum also exhibits a major collection of furniture and Flemish tapestry from the XVI and XVII Century, and a magnificent art gallery that includes works by El Greco, Luca Giordano, Zurbarán, Tintoretto, Pantoja de la Cruz, Carreño de Miranda, Sánchez Coello, etc.
The outstanding spaciousness of the Hospital Tavera is in its patios, in the large bays in the former nursing homes, the church, sacristy and crypt, allowing us to enjoy the beauty of the works of art that it holds, like the sepulchre of cardinal Tavera, by Alonso de Berruguete or the altarpiece of the church, an iconogrpahic work by El Greco.