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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
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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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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... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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!

Thank karena
Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a former Royal Palace. 1559 Juana de Austria founded this convent of nuns of the Poor Clare. One of the richest convents in Europe. Incredible art collections. They have guided tours only. Be prepared, the tours are often full.

Thank AriHelsinki
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Guided tours only inside this beautiful palace turned monastery. Amazing architecture and art treasures, illustrating the history of art in monarchic Spain.

Thank RaquelleA
laguna, philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Metro: Sol or Opera We missed the museum at 1pm as it was already full capacity for the day. No advance ticket purchase. So we will try our luck tomorrow at 10am when it opens. Instead we got to see the Chapel for free. What's different about it is that the altar is made of white marble sculptures. Very nice!... More 

Thank mamabelz
Kortrijk, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1 Thank Lieven V
Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1 Thank tmacquiban2016
San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 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 

1 Thank Alan D
Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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 

1 Thank Robert B
Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

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.

Thank Susana W

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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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