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Monastery known for its Isabelline decorations

This is a large monastery, with the portal of the church being known for its Isabelline style... read more

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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium
Beautiful monestery

A must see during a two to three day stay in Avila. Beautiful statues to Avila's saints, Santa... read more

Reviewed July 18, 2018
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We came here during our recent trip to Avila. It's about a 20/25 minute walk from just outside the cathedral, all downhill - which of course means its all uphill on the way back! We visited on a Sunday and had to wait to enter...More

6  Thank madamedefarge
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

What a pity we could not share the interest of others in getting to see this monastery. We tried finding our way on foot but signs ran out and local map was not marked clearly. So we found it by GPS in the car, parked,...More

3  Thank melbourneros
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a large monastery, with the portal of the church being known for its Isabelline style decorations, as well as its 3 inner courtyards. The front portal has a clear indication of the believe of the Catholic queen and king that they would conquer...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Miserable female ticket vendor should have warned me. Lots of building work going on. Plastic sheeting and traffic tape in the silent cloisters. The royal cloisters were pretty but I was bemused by the taxidermy collection and especially that of the oriental collection which seemed...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2018

A must see during a two to three day stay in Avila. Beautiful statues to Avila's saints, Santa Teresa and Saint Thomas, both mystics. Three beautiful cloisters and a great choir. Take the tour

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

While not as dramatic as the cathedral or as old as San Vicente, the Royal Monastery of St Thomas (still a working monastery) is worth a look, of only for the magnificent tomb of the son of Ferdinand and Isabella.

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

I visited the Monastery at the end of a very long and hard day and was very tired when I got there. I just wish I had arrived there first thing in the morning when I was less tired, as it was easily the best...More

Thank bootty5
Reviewed May 17, 2018

A huge disappointment. Billed as one of the top three architectural gems of Avila, with particular reference to the lovely peaceful cloisters.... Well, the first cloister is completely covered in plastic sheeting, and invisible; the second, laughably called "the cloister of silence", has two sides...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

The monastery was founded in 1483 by Maria Davila (the widow of Hernan Nuñez, the secretary and treasurer of the Catholic Kings) and Tomas de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of Spain. The main chapel has the raised tomb of Prince John, the son of...More

1  Thank BennyMalaga
Reviewed August 4, 2017

devoted one day visiting all sites we had missed within the walls of avila. next day walked across the river and up to the four columns.a superb view. returned via the monastery. very welcoming and obliging people there and a beautiful place to visit.

1  Thank colina905
Reviewed June 29, 2017

The Monastery of St Thomas although a little out of town is worth the visit. I walked from the station which took 15 minutes and arrived just as it was opening for the day. Entry is 3.00€. There is an audio guide available. It is...More

1  Thank Paul A
Reviewed June 23, 2017

The monastery is an architectural wonder with three beautiful courtyards or cloisters and the tomb of the king's son among the treasures that make a visit here worthwhile.

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