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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid

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Architectural Building Historic Site
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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  • Lovely monastery with only a handful of cloistered nuns living there now. Tours only in Spanish. Worth the visit even if you don't understand Spanish. But you have to get here exactly when it opens to...  more »
  • First, this place is beautiful, it's like a church in the large building :-) If you like churches, go visit. The problem is that you must book your 1 h tour! Do it online or come before 10 am in perso...  more »
  • Only Spanish-speaking tours are on offer. I lasted about 15 minutes before seeking the Salida. Tour group of about twenty. No pictures allowed as I was informed by the security guard following at the ...  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.