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

Address: Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)
Phone Number: 34-914-548-800
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Ranked #47 of 438 Attractions in Madrid
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
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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Essex, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Santa Ana, California
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

As I was traveling alone, this beautiful convent happily fit me in on their next tour. It was a huge group, but the fact that they could fit me in unlike the Convento de la Encarnacion (which only had tours in Spanish and were very mean about it), made them steps above. The convent was a former royal palace given... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The only way to see this convent is via a guided tour. Since the tours are capped at 20, it may be difficult to secure a spot if you don't reserve ahead of time. We bought tickets online the night before and went early to have the tickets printed (I had the confirmation on my mobile). Some tours are in... More 

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Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Just returned from Spain on our honeymoon and Monasterios de las Descalzas Reales was one of the stops we were suggested to make. It was about a four minute walk from our hotel so we decided to eat a late breakfast and head there without checking if it was open for tours. Big mistake. It was closed (at noon) and... More 

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crimsonidle
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35 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The English tour was fully booked, I have some Spanish so I went on the Spanish tour. But I didn't understand a word of it and neither did many other non Spanish in the group. He spoke very fast and incoherently. There was another member of staff at the back who was unfriendly. There were endless chapels and paintings and... More 

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