The San Jeronimo Monastery

A unique tableau at whose feet voice and instrument offer a heartbeat from antiquity within the heart of modernity.


The origins of this monastery and church lie in the significant concatenation of art and power which existed in Granada in the 16th and 17th centuries and in the movement which developed from renaissance to baroque. During the first decades of the 19th century the destruction and neglect caused, first by the French invasion and then by the Expropriation Order of 1835, left the whole complex in ruins and facing the serious possibility of demolition. The fortunate intervention of both the State and Granada University and the Order of San Jerónimo saved the monastery and the church even for music.


In view of the changes of fortune suffered by the Monastery, it is no minor consideration that, in 1962, the Festival decided to use this venue to stage the most ambitious and complex of Manuel de Falla’s works – perhaps unfinished for that very reason – which the composer had been working on during the last twenty years of his life: Atlántida. Submerged, a dream of Queen Isabella in the Alhambra, in Falla’s pocket from Granada to Argentina, diluted almost into «fervent rapture» and into supreme night, and all at the feet of the great tableau which rises above the altar in the Church of San Jeronimo. Permanence and transience, one thing becoming another: a stone into a temple, an idea into a endless aspiration.

Events at The San Jeronimo Monastery