This plain neo-classical chapel was completed by Felipe Fontana for Charles IV in 1798. Quite out of the way, north of Príncipe Pío station on Paseo de la Florida, it is famous as the burial place of Goya, and for the unique, and recently restored, frescoes of the miracles of St Anthony, incorporating scenes of Madrid life, which he painted here in 1798. In contrast to the rather staid exterior, the colour and use of light in Goya's images are stunning. Featuring a rare mix of elements, including his unique, simultaneously ethereal and sensual 'angels', they are among his best and most complex works. On the other side of the road into the park is a near-identical second chapel, built in the 1920s to allow the original building to be left as a museum. There are free guided tours of the Ermita, in Spanish and English, at 11am and noon on Saturdays.
Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida
|Venue name:||Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida||Contact:|
Glorieta de San Antonio de la Florida, 5
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun and public holidays 9.30am-8pm; closed Mon|
|Transport:||Príncipe Pío (M: L6, L10)|