La Rabida Monastery, Huelva

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Owned by the Franciscans since the 13th century, La Rabida Monastery was declared a Spanish national monument in 1856. The buildings at the site were constructed in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, as evidenced by the Gothic and Moorish Revival architecture popular during those periods. Christopher Columbus stayed at the friary for two years after his first request to sail to the Indies was denied. With the help of the friars, he was able to submit his proposal to Queen Isabel a second time. Visit the on-site museum full of relics from the New World and the discovery of America, as well as a cloister and reception room, all in pristine condition because they are still in use today. To visit La Rabida Monastery and other attractions in Huelva, use our Huelva tourist route planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Visit before going to the pier where the ships are located, this monastery conveys you the charm of history and secrets that its walls host. Place of vital importance in the discovery and junction with the new world, this place transports you in silence to the period of the 15th century in which such events resulted. It is a not very extensive in time and space, but it is really worth.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Okay if more. The mudejar cloister and rooms with panels explaining all about the voyage of Columbus. Fatal pictures for my taste.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The monastery is in a magnificent State, saves historic treasures and is in a great location. The sunsets are spectacular and the visit does not never disappoint. The monks living in the monastery are very nice and know the treasure you possess.
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  • The monastery where Columbus prepared his journey. Lovely, and its surrounds have been recently fixed and improved, so the walk is nice and relaxing.
  • A Monastery (Convento de Santa Maria de La Rabida) in which Columbus awaited news of the funds approval to finance his very first voyage in search of Indies from Isabella La Reina and Ferdinand Le Rein. He stayed at the friary for two years awaiting for approval, praying and recruiting best of the best seaman and captains for the trip to the unknown promising reaches beyond belief without even having funds for expedition. But he did ok, hasn't he? It is full of interesting pieces and you can get a guide or a self guiding panel. Well worth to see it
  • Beautiful monetary out in the middle of nowhere. Surrounding gardens and fountains are gorgeous but you will need to pay the 3€ in order to go inside the monastery. Well worth the price of admission! This monastery is one of the many places in Portugal that Christopher Columbus spent some time. There are lots of things to remind you of that time including some reproductions of his letters and journals.
  • Not to be missed by anyone who cares about history. Location frequented by Christopher Columbus. Also visit the Muelle de las Carabellas, very close.
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  • Located in the Lugares Colombinos, between the walls of this monaterio was hatched the epic voyage of Cristóbal Colón to the new world. Since this Franciscan convent includes the estuary in which flow the rivers Tinto and Odiel, place of departure of the three caravels. Ten minutes away, on foot, one gets to the Puerto de las Carabelas, where you can see a replica of the original. Surrounded by gardens and wooded areas, is a placid place to stroll, relax and experience the history. Highly recommended.
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