Real Monasterio de Santo Tomás, Avila

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  • August 15, 2017
    Must-see if you are in Ávila, the input costs €4 with included audio and is worthy of see, walk its halls and imagine as the Catholic monarchs passed through this one of their summer residences. Very highly recommended.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Being the only relevance monument located outside the historic centre of Ávila, the monastery of Santo Tomás tends to be set aside by many guided tours or quick trips to Ávila. It is not so far away: 15 minutes walk from the Centre, but there are slopes in the first leg and back, and if you stay in the historic area, you have a much more convenient option: let your visit to the arrival or the departure of the city, before going to the hotel or after leaving it. To be in an area away from the walled enclosure, it has easy parking for the hour and a half that can last the visit, whose entrance is cheap (4 euros) and includes audioguide. Strictly speaking the monastery is not anything spectacular, but pleasant and curious to see. The Church is noteworthy (containing the tomb of Prince John, the only son of the Catholic monarchs, died at the age of 19), although it should be noted that it trades, held so it is convenient to avoid the hours of the masses. The monastery has three cloisters austere but totally different, and houses two museums: the natural sciences is composed of two rooms with stuffed animals of all kinds that were used in kinds of natural sciences at the monastery, since a brown bear a lion passing by a crocodile or multitude of birds. The other, much more interesting and broad, is the oriental Museum, containing objects that the Dominican friars (which are those who have always occupied the monastery) brought their work as missionaries in Japan, China and Viet Nam in the 19th and 20th centuries, above all. He is not objects of great economic value (no gold or precious stones, to be clear) but aesthetic and historical. It includes everything from musical instruments to opium pipes, passing through figures jade or porcelain, samples of oriental calligraphy, mock-ups of typical houses of the area, etc. Full of curiosities, such as for example the porcelain plates depicting scenes from the life of Jesus with the Virgin, St. Joseph and Christ himself with features patterned and dresses Orientals, so were the inhabitants of the area less strange or distant (imagine). In short, a good place to relax during an hour or two of relaxed visit that also does not have the crowds of other most famous monuments.
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  • August 10, 2017
    It is a pleasant surprise to visit this hidden, unknown and beautiful monastery. Completely different from other monuments that have been seen in the city. Three beautiful cloisters (my second favorite), its two museums on the inside (natural sciences and far East)...
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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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