This spectacular convent, located in a majestic Herrerian building, and the hermitage of Cristo de Rivas attached to it are the oldest heritage remains preserved in this Madrid municipality.
If we wanted to travel back in time to the Golden Age, learn about the House of Trastámara or find out what life was like under the reign of the Habsburgs, we could set the scene in this unique building. And only 15
minutes from the centre of Madrid.
Built in 1603 by order of the pious patron Beatriz Ramírez de Mendoza, lady of Rivas, during the reign of Philip III, the convent of the Barefoot Mercedarian Fathers stands on the site of the old hermitage of
Santa Cecilia, dating from 1153. The image of this saint presides over the entrance to the present church. The altarpiece that adorns the main altar features a carving of the Cristo de los Afligidos (Christ of the Afflicted), a figure of great popular veneration.
Built at the foot of a gypsum promontory, the complex was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1979. Conceived as a place of retreat and prayer, far from the hustle and bustle of the city and
designed to enjoy the tranquillity and the sound of the Jarama river, it is surrounded by well-tended gardens. From the convent there are spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Southeast Regional Park, a protected natural area.
The building, made of masonry and brick, has more than 2,000 square metres in which there are numerous outbuildings that have maintained their essence over time. It has a chapel and sacristy,
meeting rooms, a cloister, kitchen, dining room, an empty space on the upper floor and two in the adjoining building, and a delightful garden with a swimming pool.
This unique, timeless setting is now available for the first time for productions and filming.
It is a space with a lot of history, perfect for the organisation of original events, photo shoots with personality and creative presentations.