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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid

(4/5 based on 600+ 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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  • For the Portuguese, the visit to this monastery, turns out to have a deep relationship with our story-the convent was created by Jeanne, wife of a Prince, son of King John III and therefore having much to do with Sebastian. Although the monastery still living nuns, the visit is very enjoyable, mixing art with history. To top it off I had the happiness of being extremely knowledgeable guide, spells out what he was saying, doing it in a way serena, which in addition to make it even more pleasant to visit, didn't have any difficulty understanding, even expressing themselves in Spanish.
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  • It was the convent of the pastime. The place is attractive, with guides that explain very well the purpose of it. Has good paintings and objects valuable for observe
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  • This tour is a moving experience even if you're not Catholic. For me, the chapel where the cloistered nuns pray, when tours stop between 2 to 4, was amazing. There is a statue of Blessed mother Mary t...  more »
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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.