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Monasterio de Santo Tomas

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Address: Plaza Granada 1, 05003 Avila, Spain
Phone Number: 920/220400
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Sit in the chair of a king!

It is worth the walk to visit this monastery. The son of the catholic Kings is buried here, and in the most ornate 'coro' are chairs where Ferdinand and Isabel used to sit to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2016
JCL_11
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Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

It is worth the walk to visit this monastery. The son of the catholic Kings is buried here, and in the most ornate 'coro' are chairs where Ferdinand and Isabel used to sit to listen to mass. You can actually sit in Ferdinand's chair which is an experience. The cloisters are also beautiful. Recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

A beautiful monastery with idyllic cloisters. The oriental art collection is an unexpected treat. Well worth the short walk down from the old town.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Just pass the big square named Santa Teresa de Jesus, then small Plaza Ejercito and take Paseo Santo Tomas - straight way down to the monastery. Not located in the closest neighbourhood of the old town, this place does not attract so many tourist. But it's very interesting so try to put it on your Avila itenerary. This Dominican monastery... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Wonderful place to visit. Palace where Queen Isabel and King Fernando stayed while in Avila. The church choir loft has the chairs they would sit in on display. The tomb of their son who died in his teens is the focal attraction at the altar of the church. Beautiful monument. You need some time to visit this location, including the... More 

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Province of Munster, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a most incredible experience unlocking ofr us a great deal of history and indeed our past. You need time to do this and the Monasterio is outside the old city so a good 15 minutes walk. I enjoyed the whole expierence. They have a wonderful exhibition of Oriental memorabilia. A very quiet and contemplative experience for me.

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Murcia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is a Gem, history, architecture, and great serene beauty. A Dominican monastery with 500 years of history, additions and extensions. Direct connections to the Reyes Catolicos, their son's mausoleum is there. Finally a superb exhibition of Far Eastern art brought back by Monks for 300 years, and a fauna exhibition of museum quality.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

An experience you will never forget! Possibly one if the finest and most complete architectural structure in europe

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Thurles, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Visited here using the family tourist ticket. Worth the trip. Kids enjoyed it thanks to the self guided audio tour. A wedding was about to take place while we were there so the church was decorated with flowers and looked lovely. Very interesting tour, well presented and not long winded.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This monastery is on the edge of Avila but it is well worth seeking it out. The history is of course related to Ferdinand and Isabella, and their son's tomb is there; there are three courtyards of varying size, becoming increasingly decorated; up in the choir you get a view into the church with its unusual structure around the altar,... More 

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Madrid
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Royal monastry (of the Catholic Kings) with an impressive cultural richness. You can easily spend 1.5 hours here. Included in the entrance price is an audioguide which is really interesting to guide you through the visit. Be aware that on Sunday, there is a 12:00 and a 13:00 mass, so there is little time in between to visit the church.

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