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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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  • One of the oldest buildings in Madrid holds this beautiful monastery of closing in the heart of Madrid with a superb collection of tapestries, a lot of pictorial jewels (Zurbarán, Jorge Manuel Theotocópuli, Titian, etc..), sculptures, chapels, a beautiful cloister and several other rooms. The visit lasts approximately 1 hour (commented us that the duration of all is identical with the exception of the last of the day that often last less and which do not usually teach the room to capitulate) and if there is mass is not the choir. As for the Church is not already included in the visit that pays cult, but it can be visited at the end of the masses for free. The best way to enjoy it is by booking in the page of 'National heritage'. Highly recommended.
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  • The monastery is to visit, because of considerable cultural impact. Beautiful baroque staircase with frescoed walls. Rich upper cloister with several chapels. Must see the Hall with the tapestries, on drawings by Rubens. For me a discovery some paintings of Basque school, with allegories clearly inspired by North-European (see Bosch), unfortunately the Guide does not dwell too much. Numerous paintings and sculptures of course religious subjects, and portraits of royalty. Since the visit it is led and access is limited to a few dozen people at a time, it is advisable to make reservations or get there early for the first visit.
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  • Impressive Palace become monastery, full of art, no doubt, but deode what really stands out is the architecture and history that oozes. Guided help to contextualize what looks much better. I missed that the Guide could relate the monastery with the former suburb of San Martin, a penalty.
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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.