Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid

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A working royal monastery set in the former palace of King Charles I and Isabel of Portugal, Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales was founded by the royal couple’s daughter in 1559. Luxuriously decorated and filled with high-value objects, the monastery can only be seen via a guided tour. This grandeur was funded by the dowries of the widow and spinster noblewomen that came to the convent in the 16th and 17th centuries. Admire the masterpiece paintings, huge tapestries, ornate alters, grand sculptures, and significant religious relics. Book in advance as tours have limited capacity. Plan to visit Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales during your Madrid vacation using our convenient Madrid trip builder .
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  • Monastery at the time of the Habsburgs, is one of the jewels of Madrid, no doubt. In the Centre, next to Sun, offers guided tours, some discounts for groups and days of the week. Spectacular staircase of access and very interesting rooms, especially of tapestries. According to the Guide (I have been several times) is more or less interesting its route and its history. But you should not see. A marvel.
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  • Every inch of this museum is beautiful -architecture, paintings, tapestries, sculptures,etc. Tours are only given in Spanish and you must take a tour to visit.If you do not understand Spanish, bring a...  more »
  • Palace become monastery most of these works of art-filled units, the State of conversation is very good, has a small courtyard and a larger which is Garden Guide was very full free day visit should go with time only there are 3 groups of 20 people the Church is not in the tour, has another time
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  • We tried going a few times, since we are staying close by. First time, the doors were locked tight at 1pm, even though it is supposed to be open till 2pm. Many other people came to check while we were standing there trying to figure out if we’d made a mistake. Another try today, we got there at 4:15 and all the tours for the afternoon were booked - no admission possible. My advice to the traveler with many sites to see in this wonderful city... spend your time somewhere else!
  • The monastery was founded by the Joanna of Austria, and became home to several girls and women from royal families who decide to join. Still today there are nuns living there. Visits are guided and take about an hour. You should book in advance to ensure you get an entry. You can do it online or locally. Really beautifull historic place. No pictures are allowed (except in the entrance area).
  • Spanish language tour. But interesting building and artwork. Tour takes about 1 hour
  • An excellent place to visit with many artifacts and historic nuances to gaze upon. Lots of paintings and tapestries from the Eras gone all with religious connotations. Really loved it. The person in charge of the guided tour, however, wasn't very knowledgeable unfortunately, and kept repeating the same "concepts" over and over again.
  • This is the most magical place that you can visit.. It's a monastery in which 18 nuns still live like 500 years ago
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