Museum of Santa Cruz

The museum divides its collection into three sections. Archaeology, dedicated to Roman, Visigoth, Arabic and Mudejar cultures; Fine arts, with a major collection of Toledo painting from the XVI-XVII Centuries, and works of art by artists such as El Greco; and Industrial Art, exhibiting examples of popular culture and local traditional craftmanship (ceramics, glass, textiles, iron work, and gold and silver work).

Holding a special relationship with the del Prado Museum in Madrid, it temporarliy houses collections from the museum, as well as holding temporary exhibitions of various kinds.

The construction of the hospital is due to the will of cardinal Pedro González de Mendoza, in accordance with the spirit of the age. The Catholic Monarchs founded the hospital in Santiago de Compostela.

Medieval hospitals were unhealthy shared halls of cramped dimensions, used to look after defenceless people passing through with no shelter as well as for the collection of abandoned children. New ideas of hygiene, including the importance of cleanliness, sun and well-ventilated rooms arrived from Italy. The new addition was a Greek cross base and four square patios with galleries.

The structure of the hospital is not fully Renaissance in style, only having two patios and the entrance that is not located in the centre of the façade is a medieval feature. Also, the Plateresque decoration is too dense, with windows that almost jut out over the entrance, which shows knowledge of elements but not their correct layout.

The building changed the surroundings, a wide esplanade being opened in front of the building. The initial architects were Antón and Enrique Egas, succeeded by Alonso de Covarrubias. The hallway at the entrance is covered by gothic vaults, while the space between the supporting walls in the main body show fine coffered ceilings with wooden caissons. The transept opens onto the two floors, with a cross vault showing a Muslim influence, as the ribs do not cross in the centre, and behind it is the chapel. The roof of the upper floor has loops and straps.

The large Renaissance stairs on the patio are outstanding. These connect the groundfloor to the first floor. It is made up of three flights, covered with a coffered ceiling and full of complex decoration, showing grotesque figures and heraldry, among other things.

 

HORARIO:
De lunes a sábado de 10,00h a 19,00h.
Domingos de 10,00h a 14,30h.
Cerrado: Todos los lunes, el 1, 6 y 23 de enero, 1 de mayo, 24, 25 y 31 de diciembre.
Advertencia: Quince minutos antes del cierre ya no se darán entradas

PRECIOS:
Tarifa General  5€
Tarifa Reducida 2,50€

TARIFA REDUCIDA
* Asistentes con carnet de familia numerosa especial que así lo acrediten.
* Grupos constituidos por diez o más miembros, previa solicitud de visita ante el responsable del museo, con una antelación mínima de quince días.
* Titulares del carné joven o documento equivalente de cualquiera de los Estados miembros de la Unión Europea, mediante la presentación de dicho documento.

TARIFA GRATUITA
* Pensionistas, previa presentación del documento acreditativo de la Seguridad Social o equivalente de los Estados miembros de la Unión Europea.
* Personas en situación de desempleo, mediante la presentación del documento acreditativo emitido por el Servicio Público de Empleo Estatal o por el Servicio Público de Empleo de la Comunidad Autónoma correspondiente, o el equivalente de los Estados miembros de la Unión Europea.
* Miembros de asociaciones de amigos de Museos, miembros de ICOM, ANABAD y la Federación Española de Amigos de los Museos.
* Los menores de 18 años
* Guías Profesionales y docentes en el ejercicio de su profesión.
* Los días 18 de mayo, día Internacional de los Museos, y el 31 de mayo, día de la Región de Castilla – La Mancha.

* Todos los días de apertura al público desde las 18:00 h hasta la hora de cierre  (excepto domingos)

 

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