The Carmen Church and Old Convent (currently houses the "El Carmen Museum") is somewhat off the tourist trail, which makes it all the more authentic and attractive.
Today the church is in use and home to the Santa Cruz parish. The former convent houses the Carmen Museum, which is dedicated to temporary exhibitions and is connected to the Museum of Fine Arts.
This hidden gem, nestled in the city centre has a distinct bohemian air, and exudes an historical atmosphere as you walk through the cloister arches. With one of the oldest parts of the city, Plaza del Carmen nearby, you’ll truly feel like you have been transported back in time.
The church was built in 1281, with different elements added gradually until around the XVII century, hence the diversity of architectural styles. Composed of several cores, the church has a medieval chapel, a gothic cloister, a renaissance cloister and the new church, and late Gothic and Renaissance elements. With a baroque facade and bell tower, and neoclassical features there is something for everyone.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am - 8pm
How to get there:
Address - Calle Museum 2
The alleys of the old quarter area can be complicated yet charming, so we recommend getting a good map, and to simply wander around.
From Plaza de la Reina: A 10-minute walk towards the Serranos towers. Veer left a little before Roteros Street.
Ph: 96 387 03 00.