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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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We called in and found out the next English tour was in an hour - could have joined a Spanish one earlier - we bought our tickets and returned after a little shopping (the major... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We called in and found out the next English tour was in an hour - could have joined a Spanish one earlier - we bought our tickets and returned after a little shopping (the major stores and masses of shops are right in the same area so very convenient). The place is really stunning and very interesting to look around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Although the first English tour isn't until 1215 and is likely to be full by 1100, it's worth the effort. The queue for the morning session is on the shady side of the building. The museum was quite warm inside on a day that was high 30s outside, as there did not seem to be any airconditioning. It's quite surprising... More 

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Manresa, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns is located in the center of Madrid and it is an important religious building. You only can visit this monument in a guided tour, because now 20 nuns still life in the Monastery, and they can not speak with visitors. The Convent is so interesting, and his inner cloister and the chapels, too.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We've arrived to the place before 10 am like the the advices in tripadvisor so we could manage to the first tour which was in mixed languages and still verg good and interesting!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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

Address: Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-914-548-800
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Community of Madrid  >  Madrid>  > Centro
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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