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Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Calle Reyes Catolicos 17, Toledo, Spain
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Ranked #3 of 69 Attractions in Toledo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Clermont, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Do not miss this. Home of St Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan Order, it is a beautiful example of early monastery building. This is the background for the current Pope Francis. Buy the band for 8 Euros and visit all 6 sites on the tour. If you only look at the outside, you are missing the whole point in... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I have to say that while the inside is not as grand as some other places the outside is a sight to see! The detail of the architecture and the chains that hang upon the wall outside that once shackled Christians by the Muslims is something that will be etched in my memory for a long long time.

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Peñíscola, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I have never seen a double height cloisters before and this one is really beautiful. The carving on the stonework is so intricate and the upper floor has a fantastic wooden 3 dimensional ceiling. Unfortunately there was a service going on in the church so we couldn't see that, but the monastery is worth the visit by itself.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A wonderful church and cloister that must be seen during a visit in Toledo. Quite a walk in cobblestones streets but worth it. Do use the pass giving access to 6 such churches or monasteries.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The monastery is not quite as rich as the cathedral but still absolutely beautiful. It's also generally less crowded than the cathedral.

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Tucson
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Our tour took us to the outside of the huge church to look at the many iron chains hanging high off the building's exterior. The chains were worn by the Christians imprisoned by the Muslims. During the reconquest, the prisoners were freed and the chains were given to Ferdinand and Isabel. Upon first seeing the chains, a first thought is... More

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Marsascala, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

It may not be as rich as the Cathedral, but still a sight to behold, both from the interior, but especially on the outside!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Highly impressive and monumental. Walk the corridors of the monestary and enjoy the detail of the craftsmanship in its construction, the unique art and that sense that you are in history.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was our last day in Spain, and having seen too many monasteries and cathedrals on this trip, and having read some other reviews, we chose not to pay the admission fee to go inside. The monastery looks pretty good from the outside, and it does seem to be out of the way for most tourists (which is a big... More

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Summerville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Just when you wonder whether you really want to spend time in one more church, this beautiful monastery makes that one more visit worth everything. The gardens are a lovely respite, the architectural details are breathtaking, and the church is extraordinary.

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