The monastery was founded in 1483 by Maria Davila (the widow of Hernan Nuñez, the secretary and treasurer of the Catholic Kings) and Tomas de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of Spain. The main chapel has the raised tomb of Prince John, the son of the Catholic Kings, who died at the age of 19. The high altar displays a wonderful retable, a masterpiece of art by Pedro de Berruguete, illustrating scenes of the life of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The monastery has three beautiful cloisters: the Cloister of the Novices, the Cloister of Silence with steps leading into the choir, and the two-story Royal Cloister. There is beautiful Museum of Oriental Art with art collected by the Dominicans from the Philippines, China and Japan. The monastery is open everyday from 10:30 to 14h, and 15:30 to 19:30h. One can take a taxi by calling Radio Taxi at 920-353-545.
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