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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid
(4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Madrid travel itinerary planner.
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  • Important monastery, a place of prayer and peace in the heart of the old town of Madrid. Where you can be guided to one of the facilities, that if after the payment of the corresponding input, have the impertinence to strictly forbid you to take photos.
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  • Wonderful monasteries with about 20 nuns living in this museum. We must of course do not meet them but to have the opportunity to see what treasures they have around itself is priceless. The huge tapestries by Rubens are incomparable! Impressions are made in both English and Spanish.
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  • a discreet building in the Centre of Madrid, allowing to make an a very interesting tour of the history of Spain. It highlights the haven of peace in the hustle and bustle of the Centre of Madrid. The guided tour is a great success
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  • Very nice active monastery. I expected to go in a look around. Wrong. You will have to wait for the tour. It took 1.5 hours. Great if you have the time. Tip: Be there when it opens otherwise you will wait a long time for the next tour.
  • Beautiful monastery. Really feels like being transported to the 16th century. Is a tranquil space in the heart of busy Madrid.
  • This convent is one of the finest in Madrid. Located in the city center still have some nuns so visits are limited. Check schedule first. It has a small vegetable garden.
  • Must see. Totally unexpected. Beware of the long queues
  • I asked "sorry, can I have a tour for five fifteen" and the receptionist said "if you want to go on this tour, this is the last place" later I found that I've got a toe at 4:45 which I could not go to.