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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
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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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*Limited* guided tour tickets/Ingressos *limitados*

The only way to get in is by a guided tour that has VERY LIMITED daily tickets. A única maneira de entrar é com a visita guiada que tem ingressos diários LIMITADÍSSIMOS.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The only way to get in is by a guided tour that has VERY LIMITED daily tickets. A única maneira de entrar é com a visita guiada que tem ingressos diários LIMITADÍSSIMOS.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Queue early if going for free EU citizen entry as those who queued 20mins prior to afternoon opening time didn't get in. Tour (obligatory) is in Spanish. The chapels were beautiful and after the gallery visits it was good to see some of the religious art in an original setting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We arrived before opening time to ensure a place on the only English tour of the day, which sell out quickly. The guide was excellent and gave a fascinating and informative account and history of the institution. The monastery resides in a former royal palace and a royal daughter founded the order in the mid 16th century. Over the following... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

You should make reservations on the Internet, if you can't tour in Spanish and places are limited. This is a living covent so it is only open few hours duringg the day. the paintings and tapestry and the main staircase make the visit worthwhile.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If you got the time and maybe on a rainy day! It is beautiful and with lots of treasures. However, the arrangement to get in is not made as a service to the guests. You have to stand in line for long time (their are so many visitors). Then you come to the ticket office to find out that the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The monastery is a living peace of art and definitely a must if you like religious art. The Frescos and some of the paintings are exquisite. Especially the fact that the building is originally an old royal palace, which has been largely preserved in its original status.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

We queued for tickets at the time recommended on the Internet and were toured around in a small guided group. I translated for my husband as we went through the convent so we were able to fully appreciate the history of the building and understand the lives of the women who live there who stayed out of sight. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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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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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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