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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

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Address: Plaza Descalzas s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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+34 914 54 88 00
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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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I can understand that from an historical or artistic point of view this might not be considered a very relevant visit. In spite of the royal/ noble origins of some of the women... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 7, 2016
Fernando P
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Lagos, Portugal
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Falls Church, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An outstanding collection of paintings and tapestries (some by famous artists) in a beautiful, perfectly-preserved, still functioning monastery. Tours are mandatory and guides are very knowledgeable, but virtually everything is in Spanish (English tours are supposedly available, but infrequently).

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First, if you want to tour the monastery and do not speak Spanish, be sure to get there early so as to get a reservation for an English speaking tour. The impression I got of what to expect to see was of tons of great art by famous artists. I would describe the art as "just okay" and not many... More 

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Lagos, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I can understand that from an historical or artistic point of view this might not be considered a very relevant visit. In spite of the royal/ noble origins of some of the women that lived here, either temporarily or permanently, this is still a monastery, with a modest collection that resulted from gifts given by the nuns or their families.... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

This tourist attraction is one if Madrid's hidden treasures. The building houses a collection of paintings and tapestries as well as centuries of history, and still has a few cloistered nuns living there, so some areas are not open to the public. To visit you normally have to queue and they open for groups and provide guides. I suggest going... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

This was recommended to us as a must see! We reserved our tickets in advance ( highly recommend you do that prior to visit tours are limited in number and times daily!) We saw that the Monastery has fabulous art, tapestries & sculptures - we were overwhelmed at the beauty of the items to view. Unfortunately it is a challenge... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

Really glad we visited. A fantastic royal convent with some amazingly rich & elaborate interiors. The exterior is pretty plain and one could easily walk by. Ignore some comments about the unfriendly staff - not true based on our experience. They only had tours in Spanish but the guide spent the 15 mins before the tour explaining to my wife... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

These people act as if they resent visitor. The representative who answered the door was rude, the lady at the gift shop was rude and annoyed at everything. It took two tries to get in, and as everyone says, the tour is under-informed, restricted and badly lit; read about it on your own before-hand to get the most out of... More 

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Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

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 October 6, 2016

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 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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