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The museum is within the Patriarca architectural site, which was built in the 16th century and comprises the Corpus Christi Royal College, the seminary and the church. The different buildings and rooms are set around a large Renaissance cloister. The museum has a pictorial collection from the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as works by Juan de Juanes, El Greco, and the early Flemish painters. Furthermore, you can see Ribalta's Last Supper on the church's main altar, as well as various Flemish tapestries in the La Comunión Chapel.
This school and seminary was founded in 1583 by San Juan de Ribera. It is an important building architecturally for reflecting the importance the Italian Renaissance had in Spain. The structure takes up an entire city block, deliberately built in front of the original university so that the students and seminarists could easily attend relevant classes. The main entrance on Calle La Nave shows a mix of architectural styles, and the main double vestibule or hall separates the church from the "Capilla de la Inmaculada", both of which are worthy of a visit. But perhaps this seminary's most important feature architecturally is the cloistered patio, considered one of the most beautiful within the Spanish Renaissance. The building also houses the Patriarca museum where you can contemplate a selection of paintings by Archbishop Ribera as well as many other artists. All of these works are respresentative of the painting done in the 16th and 17th centuries. Here you'll find works by Juan de Juanes, el Greco, Novaro and Baglione, among others. Mass: Sa and nights before holidays 7:30p & 8:30p; Su & holidays 9a, 10a, noon, 1pm, 5:30p, 7:30p.
OPENING HOURS Guided tours: Monday to Saturday: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 16:30, 17:30 and 18:30.
Real Colegio-Seminario Corpus Christi (Colegio del Patriarca) Map