Guided Visits

Timetable:  From Tuesday to Saturday at 10h, 11h, 12h, 16h and 17h.
Sundays and bank holidays from 12am. Monday always closed.

Languages: Spanish, Valencian, English, Italian and German. Script in several languages available in store.

Rates: Individual 4€. Reduced price 3€ ( group by previous reservation) Payment before the visit.

It is not necessary a previous booking.

Groups, Educational visits or more information, contact us by e-mail or telephone.


Cradle of Valencian religiosity and bastion of the Patroness of Valencia

The original Image of the Virgin found by Jaime I and San Pedro Nolasco in 1237, is found at the main altar, a Byzantine icon carved in stone and polychrome. Declared by the same Patron King of the Kingdom of Valencia.

In a chapel of the Church, there is the tomb of Father Juan Gilabert Jofré, a Mercedarian religious, founder of the first psychiatric hospital in Christendom and creator of the devotion to the «Virgen de los Desamparados».

The Order of Mercy has been in charge of the guard and custody of the Royal Monastery since its inception.


The Royal Monastery and its Church had started to be built in 1239 by order of the King Jaime I. It was expanded in the 16th century and restored in the 20th century.

Romanesque doorway of the Church, moved from its original place, to the west of the Temple, without a mullion or tympanum.

The Church, in primitive Gothic style, preserves elements of neoclassical decoration in some of its chapels.

Bernat Guillem d’Entença’s tomb, Gothic, made of marble and polychrome alabaster.

The Castrense-style patio is an example of the sobriety of the Renaissance.


Camarín Frescoes of the Virgin 

Highlights the Valencian School collection from the 18th Century, the Camarín of the Virgin frescoes, painted by José Vergara in 1781 and the Mercedarian Museum stand out.

Graphic work

Second largest printing press museum in Europe 

The Royal Monastery is home to the National Museum of Printing and graphic work.
We have a collection of large facsimiles and an exact copy of the Gutenberg press.


Vestiges from the Neolithic

Both in the emblematic building and in its showcases, we find vestiges from the Neolithic period to the present day.


Official residence of Our Majesties the King of Spain in Valencia

Since Jaime I many monarchs and relatives have come to pay homage to Our Patron.


Closing days or special opening dates

January 1st (Closed)

Holy Thursday (Only visits in the morning)

Good Friday (Closed)

August 16th: Visit at 12 noon

December 25th (Closed)

December 31st (Closed)

Every Monday holidays (Closed)

During the visit

Approximately duration of the visit of the Royal Monastery: an hour


Basic Tariff : 4€

Visitors in general. It is not necessary a previous booking.

Reduced Tariff 3€

Groups of more than 25 people, previous booking. With a gratuity for every 25 paying people.

Free Access

Under 8 years old (accompanied by their parents, legal tutors o relatives.)

Guided Visit

It is not possible to have a visit without being guided.


The Monastery is not adapted for disabled people.

Access is via the ramp located between the two car parks (Av. Verge de El Puig)



Spanish, Valencian, English, Italian and German. Script in several languages available in store.



Contribution for the maintenance of the building: Individual € 4, reduced € 3 for groups with reservation.



Tuesday to Saturday at 10, 11, 12, 16 and 17 hours, Sundays and holidays at 12. Closed Monday.

If you have a group of more than 25 people, make your reservation to visit The Royal Monastery of Santa María.
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