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“Well preserved building”

Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
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Ranked #4 of 112 things to do in Toledo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Well preserved building”
Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Situated close to the Jewish quarter. An impressive building with interesting architecture. Small square to the side with fine views.

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“Interesting Historically”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

On a dash-thru organized one-day tour of Toledo, one visit was to the Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes (the Monastery of St John of the Monarchs). This Gothic work was to be the final resting place of Ferdinand and Isabella, los Rejes Catolicos (the Catholic Monarchs). That is not the case – they were buried instead in Granada, the last city to be taken from the Muslims in the Reconquista, to symbolize the commitment to keep Spain free of Moors. But it remains a rather impressive late Gothic work, and features a lovely cloister in the style known as “Isabeline.” There is a rather bizarre aspect to the exterior of the monastery. On one wall hang many chains that had been used by the Moors to shackle Christians in Granada – another symbol, I suppose, to remind non-Christians of who was now and always would be (well, so far) in charge!

Visited October 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Wedding Bells”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

I attended a wedding at the adjoining church of San Juan de Los Reyes... the final resting place of
Isabel and Ferdinand who bankrolled the Christopher Columbus venture to the new world.

The medieval monastery's cloister with Islamic art and graphics stone carvings is a retreat and magnificent oasis from the tourist volume on the outside.

Visited November 2012
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Wilmington, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

I loved this place. Probably the best cloisters I have ever seen. The building has a very relaxing and peaceful feeling. Superb stonework. Well worth the entry fee.

Visited September 2013
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Meridian, Idaho
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“For a few euros don't pass this monastery up!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised how beautiful, quite and spiritual this monastery was. It was amazing to see the architecture, art, opening to outside, history and beauty this side adventure has. It's well worth the visit and the vendors across the street were very kind if you're into getting a gift or for memory sake.

Visited October 2013
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