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Address: Plaza Descalzas s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Phone Number: +34 914 54 88 00
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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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Marvelous to see ---if only I spoke Spanish!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Madrid, Spain
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198 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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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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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

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 September 19, 2016

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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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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