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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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10:30 am - 12:30 pm
4:00 pm - 5:30 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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Great tour, wonderful artwork

This is one of my favorite out of the way places. While you can only visit during certain times of the day, you won't be disappointed by fitting it into your schedule. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
MaxMuscolo
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading many tripadvisor reviews in this convent, I was fascinated to see what was in store. There was certainly a fantastic amount of religious art on display. Sculptures, amazing tapestries frescoes galore. Our guide was tireless and wonderfully knowledgable. There are several 'howevers'! It is dauntingly dark and the visitor is unable to see and therefore appreciate these priceless... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite out of the way places. While you can only visit during certain times of the day, you won't be disappointed by fitting it into your schedule. The surroundings transport you back in time as you stroll through the amazing works of art and relics. Be sure to grab a guide book as the tours... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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391 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Convent or Monastery is still active, but the amazing collection of Religious Art is as well, there are tours every hour or so, more in Spanish that other languages, but it is worth to see another part of the history of the country.

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canada
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We secured tickets to a tour online, in an easy process. We had understood that the tour would be in Spanish, but some guide books like Top Ten Madrid wrongly indicate that questions in English would be "welcome". With 3/4 of our group capable in French, and having spent months in Spanish speaking countries, we understood a portion of the... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is true that it is difficult to secure a tour because this is the home of cloistered nuns so it is necessary to book the tour in advance. I found a 4 30 pm English speaking tour which I reserved at 3 pm. It lasted just over an hour. The religious masterpieces are stunning and since some reviewers seem... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

So, don't get excited about seeing nuns at any monasteries in Spain, because it just won't happen. But the history of the Convent of the RBN, and beautiful building more than make up for it.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you are a visitor who appreciates Spanish royal history, Catholic art or just classic spanish atmosphere the convent is a unforgettable treat. We hired a private guide who was wonderful in explaining the many nuances and hidden treasures inside, it was a joy. The main staircase was beautiful, and I enjoyed the painting of the kittens (pets of the... More 

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful convent full of art religious oriented An english guided tour for tourist must be establish Unfortunately the tour is in spanish

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Irvine
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Read reviews of how to get a ticket; get there early enough; have a good and loving attitude and believe all will be well. Then when you enter ( no cameras) let ur mind open and enjoy the opportunity. Lots to look at but you'll move along and learn. One of my great memories while in Madrid.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Our French guide book said this was disappointing and that the Monasterio de la Encarnacion was a better bet but our English guide book said that this one shoudl not be missed. We went to both and the English guide book definitely gave the better advice! There are very few visits not in Spanish so we booked one on line... More 

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