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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 walk through time

We were fortunate to get an English language tour of this Monastery where cloistered nuns have lived through the centuries even to this day. What an amazing blend of church and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Fine, because closed for a funeral on a Tuesday. Going for a visit the next day and annoying. Only tours in Spanish language were available, nothing said the day before or on the information board. And you are not allowed to take pictures at all, I was told.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We were fortunate to get an English language tour of this Monastery where cloistered nuns have lived through the centuries even to this day. What an amazing blend of church and royalty. Fascinating display of frescos adorning the walls and chapels. What blew my imagination was the huge wall tapestries from way back from the sixteenth century. That an insight... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I suggest you do some reading first (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convent_of_Las_Descalzas_Reales) and then remember to be there around 10 a.m. when the doors open. They book the tours for the day at this time (English, Spanish, French) but the number of tours and the number of people on each tour are limited. You'll have to come back for your tour, most likely, but... More 

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Floyd, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This convent's lovely art collection can be seen only by going on a guided tour, and since the tour we took was in Spanish, unfortunately, I couldn't understand what was being said. However, just being able to look at the spectacular works of art and the interior of the old building itself made it worthwhile.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I visited the Monastery with a friend in early-July 2015. When we arrived first they had closed for the midday period from around 1pm until 3pm so bare that in mind. According to other reviews on here you can get English tours but there were certainly none running the day we went which was a shame. Because there are living... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We took the English language tour, which was fabulous. There were 4 of us and only 2 tickets left when we arrived. Do come early to purchase tickets as they are very limited. This remains an active convent of cloistered nuns who live and pray here. Tours are scheduled so they do not interfere with their daily lives. The building... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The art and the monastery building are beautiful. You get no visibility to how the current 20 some nuns lead their lives today, but you can ask questions and they will be answered. You can only see the place on a tour. In order to go on a tour in English, you need to show up when they open at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was such a neat place. We had a tour guide and got to see this beautiful place. The ticket was purchased about an hour before the tour, so we went to get churros while we waited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I’d tried to get in on a free Wednesday afternoon tour for EU citizens a year and a half previously but was too far back in the line to qualify for the free tickets. So I decided to try again this time with my Spanish husband for the Sunday noon tour, which we were lucky enough to get tickets for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

A wonderful place and very different from what I expected. It is necessary to get tickets in the beginning of the day because it gets sold out very (very!) quickly (small groups throughout the day). Lugar maravilhoso e bem diferente. É necessário adquirir ingressos cedo no dia porque termina rápido.

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