Madrid: Royal Chapel of San Antonio of la Florida
The Royal Chapel of San Antonio of la Florida (also known as Real Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida in Spanish) is one of the three chapels that were dedicated to Padua’s Saint in the area. It’s the only one still standing, and it’s located in the district of Moncloa–Aravaca.
More precisely, there are two different chapels: they are identical, but they are specialized in different functions. The oldest one is a museum that holds artwok by Francisco de Goya, while the second one is dedicated to religious functions. It was converted in a parish in 1881, and their roles were separated definitely in 1929 when its twin was built.
Since 1905 the Royal Chapel of San Antonio of la Florida is a National Monument. Near it, every 13th of May the locals celebrate a feast dedicated to Saint Antony. During the day it’s traditional to throw Saint Antony’s Bread in the baptismal font as a good luck charm.
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