The monastry of Yuste has its origins in the presence of the monks of the order of St Jerome during the 15th century, however its image is linked to the presence of emperor Carlos V, who dedided to withdraw to this place in 1556, building a succession of rooms and intervining in the surrounding areas. The restoration project was planned following some intervention criteria which considered the complex as a whole – its buildings (galleries and cloister, church and inn, the palace of Carlos V and the Bishop’s house), and its surroundings (gardens, vegetable gardens, the hermitage of Belén) – in an overall framework for action. In order to do that, it was organized a multidisciplinary team who deeply analised the monastery, its origin, its historical evolution, and the rebuilding works from the previous century.
The works, started in 1999, had the purpose of solving the most urgent problems the monumental building had, essentially to eliminate damps from the underground water, and to complete and repair the roof, to update the facilities, coatings and floorings, according to the intervention criteria of critical analog restoration, that is, completing only those parts or elements considered to be vital for its conservation and understanding, an intermediate solution between the most pure preservation of the ruins and the typological rebuilding. Finally the intervention was the main topic of a monographic publication, sponsored by Caja Madrid Foundation.