Designed by French architect René Carlier and later renovated by Francisco Moradillo, the church is one of the finest buildings in town and the main parish church in the Salesas district. Originally, it was part of the Salesas Reales Convent, which nowadays is home to the Supreme Court.
In 1748, Barbara of Portugal, Queen of Spain, established the Salesas Reales Convent as a school for girls from noble families and a home where she could retire if her husband, Ferdinand VI, passed away first – Salesas was on the outskirts of Madrid at that time. Eventually, the Queen died in the Aranjuez Palace before the King and the two were buried in the church, in a mausoleum designed by Sabatini.
In 1870, the convent became the Palace of Justice, while the church remained a place of worship. In 1891, it was designated a parish church and consecrated to Saint Barbara.
At the exterior of the building are the majestic stairway designed by Miguel Durán and an elegant façade. In the interior, take in the nave’s most balanced dimensions and look at the King and Queen’s mausoleum.
Free access to the church.
Mon – Fri: 9am - 1pm / 6pm - 9pm
Saturdays and days before public holidays: 10am - 1pm / 6pm - 9pm
Sundays and holidays: 10am - 2pm / 6pm - 9pm
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