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Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns (Monasterios de las Descalzas Reales)

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Address: Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-914-548-800
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Sun 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Tue - Thu 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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A hidden gem

You should make reservations on the Internet, if you can't tour in Spanish and places are limited. This is a living covent so it is only open few hours duringg the day. the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

You should make reservations on the Internet, if you can't tour in Spanish and places are limited. This is a living covent so it is only open few hours duringg the day. the paintings and tapestry and the main staircase make the visit worthwhile.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you got the time and maybe on a rainy day! It is beautiful and with lots of treasures. However, the arrangement to get in is not made as a service to the guests. You have to stand in line for long time (their are so many visitors). Then you come to the ticket office to find out that the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The monastery is a living peace of art and definitely a must if you like religious art. The Frescos and some of the paintings are exquisite. Especially the fact that the building is originally an old royal palace, which has been largely preserved in its original status.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

We queued for tickets at the time recommended on the Internet and were toured around in a small guided group. I translated for my husband as we went through the convent so we were able to fully appreciate the history of the building and understand the lives of the women who live there who stayed out of sight. There are... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Provided you enjoy art, churches, or old buildings, you will find this an amazing experience not to be missed. Watch opening hours and be prepared to make-do with a guide who only speaks Spanish. For us that was part of the experience and gave us the excuse to ignore her and look where we wanted !

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

It's a nice visit if you have some time left in your trip, but not something you must see. The real downside is that there's no english guide tour possible!! It's only Spanish and you can't visit it without a guide. We didn't understand a word! Conclusion: if you understand Spanish, try to visit it. If not; just skip it.

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Melbourne, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

One improvement: you can now book on the internet the night before. I will be astonished if you find this out by searching or Googling, because it is an incredibly well hidden fact, not yet revealed even to TripAdvisor how to do it. So I post the link here: https://entradas.patrimonionacional.es/en-GB/informacion-recinto/8/monasterio-descalzas You certainly should book on the internet because the physical... More 

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Tijeras, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Still a functioning convent this little gem is on a back street, was a palace, and then home to wealthy women who became nuns after their families tried to marry them off and sometimes the marriage didn't work. Political reasons and back in those days widows weren't welcome in society.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Like stepping back in time. Rather difficult to get a ticket, they only do a limited number of tours BUT well worthwhile if you can get to visit this hidden gem in the city. Go early, or if you are in Madrid two days, go the day before and get a ticket. Gorgeous art work, and tapestries, absolute treasures in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This often overlooked "living museum" houses a fantastic art collection given as a dowry with the entrance of each royal woman into the Franciscan convent. There are still nuns living in the convent but visitors are allowed to go on a conducted tour at regular intervals on most days.The fees collected help to maintain the lives of the nuns .This... More 

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