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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

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Address: Plaza Descalzas s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: 34-914-548-800
11:00 am - 1:30 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 very interesting building and art collection

The monastery is a beautiful building with an interesting history; as the name indicates, the nuns were connected with the Royal Family (hence the adjective "reales") which had a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Seville, Spain
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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monastery is a beautiful building with an interesting history; as the name indicates, the nuns were connected with the Royal Family (hence the adjective "reales") which had a royal quarter in the monastery, used sometimes by the royal ladies. The building is interesting, but the most interesting part is its extensive art collection, with different rooms decorated and built... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a real working monastery and worth a visit if you have time after the big museums in Madrid. However, the logistics can be a bit tricky. You can only visit by taking a 45-60 minute tour. The tours have a limited group size (about 20) and sell out fast. Most of the tours are in Spanish. You line... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was actually quite difficult to get into with only a small number of times guided tours and booked up a day ahead so if you want to go make sure you book on line. They don't let you make advance bookings at the building for some reason. Be careful when you book that only one tour a day... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monastery dates back to the15th century and was the palace off the treasurer of Charles V. It was later made into a monastery for cloistered nuns and also served as the home of widowed royals -The daughter of the king. The art collection in the palace is impressive consisting of paintings, sculpture and a priceless tapestry collection. Fra Angellico,s... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This "Monastery of the Displaced" requires some planning. A small group of nuns still live here - thus the planning ahead of time. Stop in early morning and arrange for a tour the same day. At least we were able to in September. Go get some coffee or visit the nearby Puerta del Sol and return. We showed up at... More 

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

This is a beautiful building but it was a very disappointing visit. You can only go on guided tours but the tours are only in Spannish or French. We went on a French tour and it seemed that the tour guide was very knowledgable. A member of staff follows behind to ensure that nobody lags behind or does something they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

One of the must see in Madrid. Guided tour. It is not easy to get tickets. In the center of Madrid. A 3 star michelin monument.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Behind an understated facade is this truly precious treasure in Madrid! Opening hours are at 1pm - ? 4pm - ? Times very - not as advertised. We were advised entry only with a Spanish speaking guided tour ONLY! Surprisingly & unfortunately they do not acknowledge the necessity to run an English tour. When joining the Spanish tour - the... More 

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Zagreb County, Croatia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

We came to the monastery 2 days ahead and coudn't enter inside. There are only guided tours and the groups are too small. We came at 12pm and they told us that all tours are booked. There were only 2 tickets avaible at the tour at 13:45. Tours are too rare. We gived up.

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

This is a real gem! Original palace, monastery from the 1500. The artwork, architecture , tapestries are so beautiful and amazingly preserves. I cannot say enough about this and urge people to go see it!

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Expansive plazas, local and foreign crowds, street performers, colorful lights, window shopping, restaurant signs promising the best paella, ham, and churros con chocolate- this is downtown Madrid, a collection of plazas interconnected by a network of side streets. Some of these side streets are wide pedestrian shopping routes, and some are hidden, so it's possible to duck in and out of the bustle as desired. The iconic Puerta del Sol is the giant crossroads of the city and a must-see attraction at any time of the day. The nearby Plaza Mayor, completely enclosed by historic red buildings, is an ideal place to grab a bite to eat outside, amidst scores of tables and people out for a stroll. Plaza Isabel II (also known as “Opera”) is smaller and a good meeting spot, and the stately Plaza del Oriente is the front yard of the Royal Palace. Centro can be touristy (pickpockets are unfortuately not unheard-of here), crowded, and sometimes gimmicky, but it is also the place to experience classic Madrid.
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