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Monasterio de las Huelgas

Calle Compas de Adentro, Burgos, Spain
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Ranked #9 of 23 Attractions in Burgos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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oxford, UK
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Admission is only by guided tour in Spanish. You would have to speak very good Spanish to follow it. It sounded very detailed and informative and good value for those who understood. But with no information, no audio guide or leaflet available, we just followed the group wondering what it was about. Given that they are charging some E8 for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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322 reviews 322 reviews
200 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It is a bit of a cruise from the cathedral area. We had a car so it wasn't a problem. You could easily get a cab there from a hotel but getting back would be tougher. I noted one reviewer saying the tour was in Spanish. Ours was bi-lingual in Spanish and then English. Interestingly enough most on the tour... More 

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Burgos, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

It's amazing. A guided visit through the history of Castilla and its ancients. Great museum, great place and great guide!!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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368 reviews 368 reviews
165 attraction reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My wife and I loved it, especially the mudejar stone carving and roofs. But...it was a hike out of town to get there, and you can only see it as part of a guided tour. The scheduled tour started 45 minutes late, and when the guide spoke in both Spanish and English, the tour seemed to last forever. And her... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We were bowled over by this. The monastery is still active and is beautifully preserved. It is stuffed full of historical artefacts, including ancient tombs of the Castilian monarchs. Very strong connection with English history through Queen Eleanor, daughter of the English Henry II. Beautifully preserved 800 year old royal clothing and possessions. Fascinating early Arabic Christian architecture. Go and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Although the building and interiors are exceptionally beautiful and impressive be warned that this is a guided tour with a strict no photos policy and, based on our experience yesterday afternoon with a thoroughly charmless guide who either couldn't or wouldn't speak a single word of English and with almost no written explanations to fall back on, you will inevitably... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

you breathe history once you enter the monastery. No photos allowed. you have to record it in your mind. There are a lot of tombs of princesses, princes, abbesses, nuns. You'll be able to stand next to the roots of the Castilla and Léon kingdom. The museum is awesome. All the pieces on exhibit are real one and not replicas... More 

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Braga, Portugal
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Positive: it's a nice place to visit, where we learned more about Burgos history and has a really cool S. santiago statue. Negative: The monastery only has guided tours and although the guide was very friendly there wasn't much concern about the non spanish turists. The desk information staff is really unfriendly and will not explain how everything works.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Beware rubbish information! Today we cycled for almost an hour to visit the monastery at Huelgas. We were told it was free on a Wednesday and Thursday. We were NOT told that you had to show your passport or pay 7 euros each! The woman on the desk would not believe we were European tourists - strange as we speak... More 

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North Chicago, Illinois
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254 attraction reviews
366 helpful votes 366 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is an easy 20 min. walk from Burgos Cathedral, but you can also take the bus. There is an admission fee and groups will go in on tours. You are not allowed to wander around by yourself. The gift shop has some lovely things, so it is worth a look.

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