El Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes was begun in the 15th century in the late Gothic style under the guidance of architect Juan Guas. It is a lofty sight when arriving in Toledo, with numerous spires, peaked arches and a squat octagonal tower atop it. In commemoration of their victorious battle over the Moors at Toro in 1476 the Catholic Monarchs commissioned this Franciscan monastery.
What looks like chains hanging curiously from the walls are actually shackles. These belonged to Christians that had been enslaved by the Moors and were ultimately freed during the liberation of Granada by the Catholic Monarchs. They, Ferdinand and Isabella, had planned to be entombed here. However, after they had defeated Boabdil and the last of the Moors at Granada and thus assured their legacy (one that also cruelly included the creation of the Spanish Inquisition), they chose instead to lie eternally entombed in the Catedral of Granada.
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