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Monasterio 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
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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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A monasterio in a real palace! The monastery is founded by the sister of Philips the Second of Spain in her royal palace. The tour gave a great overview of Catholicism and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Lieven V
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A monasterio in a real palace! The monastery is founded by the sister of Philips the Second of Spain in her royal palace. The tour gave a great overview of Catholicism and the royal family in Spain, great paintings including a Rubens

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a very special visit to a lovely monastery building reflecting ther wealth of 17th century Spain and the royal connections in their artistic treeasures. An hour long tour with a helpful guide made this a worthwhile part of our Madrid experience

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I tried to visit here during posted open hours on two different occasions. Each time I was told to come back tomorrow. Apparently only a certain number of people are allowed to visit at a single time. I was not aware that a reservation could be made in advance, or that it would be necessary to do so. Somewhat frustrating.... More 

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Thank Michael M
Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Still a convent, this is a fascinating visit even for none Roman Catholics like myself. Minutes from the Gran Via this is a haven of tranquillity that feels like you've stepped back into 17th Century Madrid but you get a real sense of the wealth and power of the Church and Crown in this period. Fascinating.. Note that you can... More 

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Thank Alan D
Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Constant Companion and I were looking forward to visiting the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Madrid having been founded in 1559 by Juana de Austria, sister of Philip II and Princess of Portugal, who is also buried there. The building built as a Castilian plateresco palace, is decorated inside with plaster of... More 

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Thank Robert B
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is still a functioning monastery, thus the very limited opening hours and the capacity of actual visitors each day. Preliminary reservations are a must. I particularly enjoyed the beautiful medieval building which is very good conditions and their wonderfull collection of tapestries.

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Young ladies of status only had 2 options back in the day, marry or enter a convent. Many of these girls brought a wealth of paintings & objects to the convent which Rome forbid them to sell when times were lean so they opened for tours to make ends meet. Many of the art you see here you will see... More 

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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This place is tough to get into for a visit, but if you do, it is worth it!!! Book in advance, there are tours in English but you have to either make reservations or show up in the morning to sign up and then come back later for the tour in the afternoon. It is amazing though. It feels like... More 

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Lafayette, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We walked by the monastery a couple of times and each time there was a long line waiting to enter or the monastery was closed access hours are very limited). We were advised that you must take a tour and the tours are only given Spanish. So plan accordingly if you decide to go.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

It took 2 days to gain entrance to this monastery (arrive at 9.45 for the 10am opening otherwise you stand no chance of getting in on the morning or afternoon session)- can only assume tours are booking all the tickets in advance (a lady in front of us was trying to purchase 72 tickets). The pros of this place- very... More 

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