Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás, Avila

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  • The monastery is a really must-see if you are around Avila. The building is really nice with the three cloisters, the chorus and the tomb of Prince Juan. It is also very relevant from historic point o...  more »
  • 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 a...  more »
  • A beautiful monastery with idyllic cloisters. The oriental art collection is an unexpected treat. Well worth the short walk down from the old town.  more »
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  • Great visit in Avila. This section of the city walls and the Center (15 minutes walk) but not this far. One of the treasures of our country, part of our history. Founded with funding from the Catholic Kings great monastery, site of confession of Sta. Teresa, formation of Jovellanos, Temple, monastery and University place. The Church is beautiful, wonderful altarpiece by Berruguete, beautiful choir, grave of the Infante D. Juan, also you can access all parts of the same including the chorus. Wonderful three cloisters, the novitiate, silence and the Kings all filled with wonderful details. Magnificent main facade of the Church. Jewel of Spanish architecture, late Gothic. The entrance cost US € 4 but they totally deserved the penalty.
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  • The Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás is one of the jewels of Ávila. Built in Gothic style, it was meant to be residence of summer of the Catholic monarchs and burial place of his heir, the Prince Don Juan, also being the place in which the Inquisitor spent his last days Torquemada. His Church is magnificently decorated with altarpieces Berruguete and sculptures by Gil de Siloé, highlighting also the Gothic choir stalls with seats from the Kings and the Tomb made by Domenico Fancelli for the Prince, which seems to sleep calmly an eternal sleep. This was also the Church that Santa Teresa came to confersarse and to pray to the shocking "Cristo de las Angustias". Its main cloister is also one of the most charming of the monastery, with the curious decoration of grenades Recalling the conquest of the city of homonymous name by the Reyes Católicos (note the H that forms the façade to highlight the concept of Hispanic Heritage). Inside the monastery there are also one of the most important oriental art museums in Spain. In short, a visit essential to understand the historical and artistic traces left by the Catholic Kings in this city.
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  • A must see if you're going to Avila.
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  • Very interesting, over met a priest who explained the monastery dependencies
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  • Incredible experience not to be missed
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