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

Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
34-914-548-800
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Ranked #53 of 496 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:30 to 12:45, 16:00 to 17:45 h; Friday: 10:30 to 12:45 h; Sunday and holidays: 11:00 to... more »
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place this old monastery is. "Full body" Frescoes mark the central stairway, and the many rooms are witness to the riches which were bestowed on it by its wealthy inhabitants. The two set-backs: only 20 places per tour, and most possibly in Spanish. But, once you're in, even though you do not understand a thing: it is... More

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Scotland
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97 reviews 97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I queued outside in the sun, waited in a gloomy waiting room to then find that the tour was in Spanish. There was no offer of an English tour or any literature in English to take around with me. The tour took 1 hour going from 1 chapel to another. We were forbidden to sit down anywhere and a very... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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89 reviews 89 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This was incredible. An old (16th century I believe) monastery where the illegitimate offspring of kings and other royalty were placed. Artwork and dowries were given to make certain the women were cared for resulting in an incredible collection of paintings and tapestries. You must go ahead of time to sign up for a tour - only 20 allowed in... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a working convent in the very heart of Madrid. I booked online and it cost us 6 euros each for a timed visit. The tour takes about an hour and the commentary is given in spanish, which was a bit of a disappointment but hardly unexpected. The convent is large, but very interesting. The tour takes you round... More

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Toronto
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The convent is just off the busy streets of the city, close to El Corte Ingles, Puerta del Sol, Plaza del Callao. Since this is a functioning contemplative convent, all tours are guided. I went on the 11:00 a.m. English tour and the guide was very informative, narrating the history of the founding of the convent as well as the... More

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San Diego
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Expected a tour of an ancient convent. It. was but didn't see much, as it was focused on the art in the convent. The tour guide blandly stopped in front of every painting to say the name, artist, subject in the painting. Almost no information on the life of the nuns, history of the place, or even any interesting stories... More

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Canberra
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107 reviews 107 reviews
55 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Not far from "Sol" is this historic convent owned by the state but with 20 nuns in residence. Around the two level cloisters is a series of chapels with variety of messages, artistic styles, and geographic origins. There are a number of true masterpieces although some have been relocated to the Prado. The tapestries woven to designs by Rubens particularly... More

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Madrid, Spain
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Hiding in the center of Madrid there is this precious convent where 20 nuns live day by day, the site is a well-visited national monument, there are many relics, Christ's cross, and the bones of Saint Sebastian. Many priceless art masterpieces are showing on this place, tapestries woven to designs by Rubens, and works by Hans de Beken and Brueghel... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
23 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This was right beside our hotel, so we were able to get there for opening (10:30) and get tickets for an English speaking tour. A beautiful peaceful oasis in Madrid and worth doing if you can.

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Miami, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Yes, it's a little tricky in Madrid ... places close (seemingly randomly), you can't figure out the schedule, customer service is sometimes not so servicey ... but in this case, it's worth it to figure it out. We (one adult and four children) took the English tour by arriving an hour before, purchasing tickets, then waiting at the churro shop... More

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