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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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10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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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 Wow memory of a very unique experience

Read reviews of how to get a ticket; get there early enough; have a good and loving attitude and believe all will be well. Then when you enter ( no cameras) let ur mind open and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read reviews of how to get a ticket; get there early enough; have a good and loving attitude and believe all will be well. Then when you enter ( no cameras) let ur mind open and enjoy the opportunity. Lots to look at but you'll move along and learn. One of my great memories while in Madrid.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our French guide book said this was disappointing and that the Monasterio de la Encarnacion was a better bet but our English guide book said that this one shoudl not be missed. We went to both and the English guide book definitely gave the better advice! There are very few visits not in Spanish so we booked one on line... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Monasterios de las Descalzas Reales is worth a visit if you enjoy that sort of thing. Unfortunately, protocol follows the usual Spanish fashion. That is to say getting a ticket is infuriatingly difficult when it ought to quite simple. Follow these tips if you want avoid disappointment. You have to buy a ticket on the day so arrive outside... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The convent of the barefoot nuns is located steps away from Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city in the building that used to be a palace. Nuns actually live in this building and visits are limited. This is really a very special place. Make room in your itinerary to visit.

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Poole, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

As others have said this is a very worthwhile place to visit - a true hidden gem - but it can be very hard to get on one of their guided tours, especially an English one, as it gets booked up very early each day. The answer we found was to get there early, say 20-30 mins before opening at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This is easy to find and worth the wait to get inside. Be warned, however, that an English speaking tour usually requires planning well in advance. we struggled with our Soanish, but had purchased a good guide book beforehand so felt we go most of what was offered. Fascinating look into monastic life in the 16th century with several works... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This is a working convent so there are only guided tours available to make sure visitors do not run into the nuns who live there. They only opened the doors to tourists about 50 years ago so is a very special experience. I went on a Saturday morning and queued about 20 mins. before it opened at 10am, and a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This is available for a very limited time during the day and you must take a tour in Spanish at a certain time. This is not a good tourist attraction because it has too many limitations. Would have loved to have visited it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Visiting this convent is an interesting experience not widely available. You must visit on a guided tour, which others have mentioned can be difficult to obtain. We arrived about 10:30 and were able to get on the 11:00 English tour. By the time we took our tour, all five morning tours (3 Spanish and 2 English) were fully booked. They... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Our guide informed us that 19 nuns still live in this convent, founded in the 16th century for noblewomen who brought in dowries of art and took vows of poverty--hence the name "barefoot royals." In addition to saintly relics, a supposed piece of the True Cross, and other religious items, the convent has works by Rubens, Titian, Brueghel the Elder... More 

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