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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  • Beautiful building with fascinating history, but staff is rude and unhelpful. If you ask for a bathroom you will have to go to the bar next door. Funcionarios!  more »
  • So recommended, preferably reserved! The history of the Monastery, and the painting at the entrance of the staircase is worth it!  more »
  • The tour was rushed through giving little time to absorb the frescoes, art and architecture satisfactorily and there was no encouragement to visit the shop. The staff were rude and unhelpful and...  more »
  • The art and tapestries here were extraordinary. The sheer amount of Renaissance art here is unbelievable. Even though the hours and tour are limited, I would recommend this place if you are in Madrid.
  • They only provide guided tours in French and Spanish but no English. The place is worth visiting but we learn just a little because of the language barrier. It was a pity.
  • A rich and interesting history. The tour was small and intimate, but only in Spanish. The museum is filled with artifacts, paintings, tapestries, religious shrines and great woodwork. There are inner gardens/courtyards that can be viewed from the second story.
  • The monastery opens at 10, they start selling tickets for the guided tour. The first tour is at 10:45 so if you came at 10 you will be forced to wait. You can enter the place only for the guided tours in spanish only. The tickets are 6 euro. Nothing can say about the arts inside as I'm waiting for the tour to start. Since I do not speak Spanish I will need to get the info about the place elsewhere. Terrible service, no respect for non-Spanish speaking tourists hence 3 stars.
  • Surely a place to visit if you stay several days in Madrid, the tapestry are magnificent if you think how old are them and the work needed to be done. However not recommended if you're in a hurry because, at least in the weekend, you need to be long ahead the suggested time to be on the top of the queue and be sure you're among the first 20. They only received groups of 20 people at the time, with break of 30 minutes or so. Also, better to check the English tour in advance because most of them are in Spanish. I went there on a Friday afternoon, arrived at 3 pm for the 4 pm tour (in Spanish) and the queue behind me was very long!

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