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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Tickets sell out quickly”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

On a recent trip to Madrid we had planned to see both this monastery and the Monesterio de Encarnacion. First thing in the morning we did the tour of the Monasterio de Encarnacion and then went on to see Monasterios de las Descalzas Reales. However when we got there all the tickets for the day had been sold. We were told to come back tomorrow about 15 minutes before opening time to get tickets. We did that and by the time we got to the front of the queue 12.00 tour tickets were on sale, they were the only being offered to us, the earlier ones had all gone. The tour was to be in Spanish but as the group consisted of mainly French and Italians the tour guide spoke in french.Be prepared to spend all morning queuing and doing the tour. The wait was worth it, the monastery is full of art that was given to the convent by the nuns' families. I bought a book that covered the 2 monasteries which proved useful during the tour.

Visited May 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Plenty of Art”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

The Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns is full of art, donated to the convent by the families of the nuns who lived here in the past. The art was a form of dowry given to the convent. One can learn plenty about the art one finds here. The guided visits are very informative.

Visited April 2013
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Pottsville, Australia
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“Worth the wait”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

It helps to get in line early as only so many tours are offered at each time period. I went on the Spanish-speaking tour so I could get in on the day I was there. While I wasn't able to understand much of what was said, the experience of all the art and tapestries doesn't really need explanation.

Visited April 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Jewel of religious art work”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Located in downtown Madrid, the Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns is easily accessible. I highly recommend it if you like religious art work. It has lovely murals, paintings, effigies and other art work, most of it donated by the nuns who came from upper class families and brought with them a "dowry". When you purchase the ticket, you will be told at what time the next tour starts. You can wander around the neighbouring streets if you have "time to kill". Photography is not allowed, so you may want to consider buying a guide book on your way out. I didn't buy one and I regret it! By the way, they do not have bathroom facilities for tourists. The tour lasts about 45 minutes.

Visited March 2013
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Unworthy Tour”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This Monastery is probly fascinating, but the Tour for 7 euro lasting about 35 minutes in a party of 20 is seriously disappointing... they insisted on an English tour for an English speaker.. and 20 non spanish speakers were corled hastilly through a few rooms on the ground and firt floor with a not very interesting commentory from a gentlemen in front followed buy a surley female ecurity guide to the rear, who proptly turned the lights out after each room... not a sign of a Nun, and the view from the windows blocked off with screens, wierd!

Visited March 2013
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