Incarnation ConventThe Royal Convent of Incarnation -Monasterio de la Encarnacion- was founded in the XVII century by Felipe III and Margarita de Austria and redesigned by Ventura Rodriguez in the next century.
It houses important paintings, but maybe the most striking item is a relic of Saint PantaleonÂ´s blood that liquidizes each July 26th, the day of the saint. It stays like that the whole day. They say that if the blood does not liquidize it is the premonition that something bad is going to happen. It did not liquidize before the two World Wars. The church is open to the public on that day.
In front of the monastery stands a statue of Lope de Vega (1902) by Mateo Inurria.
The monastery is in the Plaza de la Encarnacion, in front of the Campo del Moro, the gardens of the Royal Palace.
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