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Monasterio de Santo Tomas

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Address: Plaza de Granada 1, Avila, Spain
Phone Number: 920/220400

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An experience you will never forget! Possibly one if the finest and most complete architectural structure in europe

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

An experience you will never forget! Possibly one if the finest and most complete architectural structure in europe

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Thurles, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Visited here using the family tourist ticket. Worth the trip. Kids enjoyed it thanks to the self guided audio tour. A wedding was about to take place while we were there so the church was decorated with flowers and looked lovely. Very interesting tour, well presented and not long winded.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This monastery is on the edge of Avila but it is well worth seeking it out. The history is of course related to Ferdinand and Isabella, and their son's tomb is there; there are three courtyards of varying size, becoming increasingly decorated; up in the choir you get a view into the church with its unusual structure around the altar,... More 

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Madrid
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Royal monastry (of the Catholic Kings) with an impressive cultural richness. You can easily spend 1.5 hours here. Included in the entrance price is an audioguide which is really interesting to guide you through the visit. Be aware that on Sunday, there is a 12:00 and a 13:00 mass, so there is little time in between to visit the church.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We had train tickets to leave Avila at 5:30 but hadn't yet had time to visit this monastery, so we went to the station to alter our plans. Luckily we were able to change our tickets to 7:30, and did get to see the monastery. Like so many monuments in Spain it is about Isabella and Fernando---this is where they... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We visited "El Escorial" two days before, and preferred much more "Santo Tomas". More alive, even though it is of course a very quite place, very plain.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We came here during our recent trip to Avila. It's about a 20/25 minute walk from just outside the cathedral, all downhill - which of course means its all uphill on the way back! We visited on a Sunday and had to wait to enter the church until after mass was finished. We followed the audioguide around the main buildings... More 

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

This attraction moved me like no other in Avila. It is still in operation and if you're lucky you'll catch a mass or a monk strolling about. It contains the tomb of young Prince Juan, who died young. The cloisters are beautiful. Unlike many of the attractions in Avila, El Montesario does not close during siesta.

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Melbourne
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

What a pity we could not share the interest of others in getting to see this monastery. We tried finding our way on foot but signs ran out and local map was not marked clearly. So we found it by GPS in the car, parked, circumnavigated the site twice - but still not open 30 minutes after opening hours. There... More 

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Address: Plaza de Granada 1, Avila, Spain
Phone Number: 920/220400
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Castile and Leon  >  Province of Avila  >  Avila

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