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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 #48 of 458 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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Toronto
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
54 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Lisboa, Portugal
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We tried visiting this Convent 5 times. Some times, after waiting lot of time, we were told that everything is booked but the tickets cannot be bought in advance. Other times it is closed despite on the site and on the timetable it is not that information. To forget and never return. Tried to visited on 2011, 2012, 2013 and... More

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Moscow, Russia
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We tried visiting this Convent twice - in the morning we were told that everything is booked but the tickets cannot be bought in advance - and we should come later - at 16:00. (It's opening hours 10-14; 16-18.30). Well, when we came there at 16:00, we and a lot of other people were left with nothing - all three... More

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Italy
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160 reviews 160 reviews
14 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Visiting this convent is not easy because you can access only in small groups with guided tours. Some days (in summer this is highly likely) you can find the tours fully booked or, if a tour is available, it is not in your language. If you want to enter with a tour in your language you’ll have to book ahead... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This place is still in use for 19 nuns. It is not a museum but the paintings, tapestries and relics are astonish. very recommended.

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