Monastery of San Esteban--page 1 (of two pages)

Juan de Álava, Friar Martín de Santiago, and Roderigo Gil de Hontañón and others
begun 1525, completed, 1618

Front facade and entrance portico to the right

The facade, conceived as a giant reredos, is divided into three registers and decorated elaborately with Plateresque notifs. The tympanum depicts the martyrdom of St. Stephen, the protector of this Dominican priory. (See below.) The relief is signed on the stone by the sculptor, Juan Antonio Ceroni.

Views from the side


The cloister interior

Known both as the Kings' Cloister or thr Cloister of the Processions, it is characterized by vaulting with beautiful tracery.

The Cloister

To the south of the main church, as is traditional in monasteries, the square cloister has two stories, with the bottom as a sort of screen, the windows of which have arched tops, and are divided into four smaller arches, separated by slender square piers.

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