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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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Worth the effort to visit, outside the city walls so not extremely handy to other attractions

Wonderful place to visit. Palace where Queen Isabel and King Fernando stayed while in Avila. The church choir loft has the chairs they would sit in on display. The tomb of their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful place to visit. Palace where Queen Isabel and King Fernando stayed while in Avila. The church choir loft has the chairs they would sit in on display. The tomb of their son who died in his teens is the focal attraction at the altar of the church. Beautiful monument. You need some time to visit this location, including the... More 

Thank Debbybcn
Province of Munster, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a most incredible experience unlocking ofr us a great deal of history and indeed our past. You need time to do this and the Monasterio is outside the old city so a good 15 minutes walk. I enjoyed the whole expierence. They have a wonderful exhibition of Oriental memorabilia. A very quiet and contemplative experience for me.

Thank Frank2510
Murcia, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is a Gem, history, architecture, and great serene beauty. A Dominican monastery with 500 years of history, additions and extensions. Direct connections to the Reyes Catolicos, their son's mausoleum is there. Finally a superb exhibition of Far Eastern art brought back by Monks for 300 years, and a fauna exhibition of museum quality.

Thank Palayo
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

Thank jjdalbusco
Thurles, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank gwhitehead
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank PublicTransportFan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
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.

3 Thank onzils
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 

1 Thank scdaub
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
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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