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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Fernando P
Lagos, Portugal
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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).

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank Y A
Lagos, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank patriciaprimavera
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

This was recommended to us as a must see! We reserved our tickets in advance ( highly recommend you do that prior to visit tours are limited in number and times daily!) We saw that the Monastery has fabulous art, tapestries & sculptures - we were overwhelmed at the beauty of the items to view. Unfortunately it is a challenge... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Really glad we visited. A fantastic royal convent with some amazingly rich & elaborate interiors. The exterior is pretty plain and one could easily walk by. Ignore some comments about the unfriendly staff - not true based on our experience. They only had tours in Spanish but the guide spent the 15 mins before the tour explaining to my wife... More 

2 Thank Nick F
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

These people act as if they resent visitor. The representative who answered the door was rude, the lady at the gift shop was rude and annoyed at everything. It took two tries to get in, and as everyone says, the tour is under-informed, restricted and badly lit; read about it on your own before-hand to get the most out of... More 

Thank Laura G
Seville, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The monastery is a beautiful building with an interesting history; as the name indicates, the nuns were connected with the Royal Family (hence the adjective "reales") which had a royal quarter in the monastery, used sometimes by the royal ladies. The building is interesting, but the most interesting part is its extensive art collection, with different rooms decorated and built... More 

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