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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  • Monastery at the time of the Habsburgs, is one of the jewels of Madrid, no doubt. In the Centre, next to Sun, offers guided tours, some discounts for groups and days of the week. Spectacular staircase of access and very interesting rooms, especially of tapestries. According to the Guide (I have been several times) is more or less interesting its route and its history. But you should not see. A marvel.
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  • Every inch of this museum is beautiful -architecture, paintings, tapestries, sculptures,etc. Tours are only given in Spanish and you must take a tour to visit.If you do not understand Spanish, bring a...  more »
  • Palace become monastery most of these works of art-filled units, the State of conversation is very good, has a small courtyard and a larger which is Garden Guide was very full free day visit should go with time only there are 3 groups of 20 people the Church is not in the tour, has another time
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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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