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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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.
  • Must be beautiful, but beware of opening hours: closed between 14 - 16 and ticket sale ends one hour before closing time (and so does the main entrance.
  • I enjoyed the tour but would have like more information about the artists and the meaning of the painting. Also found the place a bit dark and gloomy as were many of the painting. I was informed that many of the paintings were about making yourself ready for death and with luck ascent to heaven.
  • 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.
  • Very interesting place, full of history. Warning: you need to book it passing by and telling them with which group you wanna visit it!

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