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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  • August 15, 2017
    Visiting this monastery going back in full golden age, 17th century, and understand better the mentality and religiosity of that period. The visit is done exclusively with guide total price of €6. Inside are not particularly valuable works, apart from a Titian, but since everything was like when it was in business it feels strange to us modern atmosphere.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Impressive! We've been impressed of the wonderful works of art which houses. We love it. An essential place. It should not be missed.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Essential visit for anyone wishing to visit Madrid, Madrid and Madrid both outsiders. A small museum in a unique location. Not only the building is impressive but the history that houses and pictures and tapestries that it has within it become one of the elements that you must not miss during any visit to the capital.
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  • An absolutely stunning convent, and a marvelous example of 16th century Spanish architecture. To get in, plan to arrive before the start of either ticketing session (in the late spring, this would be 10a or 4p). Visits are limited to groups of twenty or so, separated by about fifteen-minute blocks. Plan about an hour and a half. Tours not generally available in English, but there are many things to see, enjoy, savor and observe.
  • First, this place is beautiful, it's like a church in the large building :-) If you like churches, go visit. The problem is that you must book your 1 h tour! Do it online or come before 10 am in person to make sure you get your place. What I didnt like was that all the tours are in spanish so you have no choice. You probably wont understand but it doesnt matter, you can roam around the room and enjoy what you see in every room tour guide takes you.
  • Absolutely worth the visit. Amazing paintings inside, including a big one by Bosch that I cannot recall the name.
  • They close 1 hour before the displayed closing times, came here twice door was closed, very dissaponinted.
  • Beautiful monastery. Really feels like being transported to the 16th century. Is a tranquil space in the heart of busy Madrid.

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