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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

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Address: Plaza Descalzas s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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+34 914 54 88 00
16:00 - 17:30
10:30 - 12:30
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Sun 11:00 - 13:30
Tue - Thu 16:00 - 17:30
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 12:30
Sat 16:00 - 17:30
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An original building, historically interesting. Always nice to do something different. Worth the visit if you are in town for a while.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Anne-Marie B
Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Spain
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An original building, historically interesting. Always nice to do something different. Worth the visit if you are in town for a while.

1 Thank Anne-Marie B
New York City, New York
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232 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was almost tempted not to bother with this but I am glad that I changed my mind. The hours are somewhat restricted since it is a working convent. They do six tours from 10-2 and three more from 4-6:30P. It is all guided with Spanish and English guides. The tour is 1 hour. When I got there at 10A,... More 

2 Thank ianshamshey
Dublin, Ireland
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83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Need a big of planning to get a ticket to get in but well worth the effort. Few place in the world can see every fabric from wall to floors to ceiling that are so genuine old and original. It’s probably a good idea to read up on the history of the place before you visit and you will appreciate... More 

1 Thank Peadar F
Fonthill, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

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 that caused me to tear up. The eyes on this statue were captivating. It looks like she is teary-eyed looking at her son... More 

1 Thank mlwinkler1234
Exeter, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We really wanted to visit this highly rated and interesting monastery and queued for some time at its afternoon opening (4-6pm) and were turned away because there was no more room. Fair enough. So we got up early the next morning and ensured we were towards the head of the line to gain entrance. We arrived at 9.30am - bought... More 

3 Thank Corinne075
Belfast, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

Tour is all in Spanish, there is no written material in any language. If you want well over an hour locked in a tour that you cannot leave then good luck! A total waste of money for something that could be wonderful if some written material was available.

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Falls Church, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

An outstanding collection of paintings and tapestries (some by famous artists) in a beautiful, perfectly-preserved, still functioning monastery. Tours are mandatory and guides are very knowledgeable, but virtually everything is in Spanish (English tours are supposedly available, but infrequently).

3 Thank JerryM
Saint Louis, Missouri
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

First, if you want to tour the monastery and do not speak Spanish, be sure to get there early so as to get a reservation for an English speaking tour. The impression I got of what to expect to see was of tons of great art by famous artists. I would describe the art as "just okay" and not many... More 

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Lagos, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

I can understand that from an historical or artistic point of view this might not be considered a very relevant visit. In spite of the royal/ noble origins of some of the women that lived here, either temporarily or permanently, this is still a monastery, with a modest collection that resulted from gifts given by the nuns or their families.... More 

4 Thank Fernando P
Madrid, Spain
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

This tourist attraction is one if Madrid's hidden treasures. The building houses a collection of paintings and tapestries as well as centuries of history, and still has a few cloistered nuns living there, so some areas are not open to the public. To visit you normally have to queue and they open for groups and provide guides. I suggest going... More 

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