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“interesting royal monastery”

Monasterio de las Huelgas
Ranked #4 of 72 things to do in Burgos
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Leuven, Belgium
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“interesting royal monastery”
Reviewed 23 September 2012

You are not allowed to wander freely on the premisses, but a guide shows you around. I know Spain has sometimes problems with terrorists, but I found the security a little extreme: I had to leave my small rucksack in the locker, but before I was even obliged to put it in a scanner.

Visited August 2012
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australia
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162 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Fabulous monastery, historically very interesting”
Reviewed 15 September 2012

The monastery which house about 30 cistercian nuns is a lovely 25 -30 minute walk from the cathedral, mainly along the other side of the river. Access is only via a tour with a Spanish speaking guide and costs ? 6euros. The groups were large - about 30-45 people on each tour. A few of the guides speak english but there really wasn't much of an opportunity to ask questions until the end of the tour, which takes about an hour.

The lack of information was frustrating, because the monastery architecture and contents is stunning.

Unfortunately there is no specific tour in English at a set time which is a shame.

As I had joined the tour slightly late and missed the high altar I asked to go on a later tour at no cost - this was not a problem.

In the interim I bought the excellent guide in English - great photos and explanation of key features -loosely read this in the sunshine, then joined the next tour. There was usually enough time to read each relevant section as each room / chapel was visited with the group.

I would suggest buying / reading the guide first if possible, or taking your own detailed description (eg Wikipedia or similar) so you know the significance of what you are looking at. But if you don't get the chance, it will still amaze you...

If you understand Spanish I think the tour would be great - on both occasions the guides kept the total attention of the group, and obviously had a lot of knowledge to impart.

Visited September 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Magnificent Monastery”
Reviewed 1 September 2012

Went to visit on a Wednesday morning. Entry fee 4 euros which included a guided tour. If you are a Eu citizen and go on a Wednesday afternoon there is no charge. Most of our group were Spanish, but the guide gave us a shortened version of the tour in each room. The visit was well worth it. Many treasures on display hence the guards following each tour group. A small gift shop is available on site with some English translations.

Visited August 2012
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Espoo, Finland
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Don't miss this”
Reviewed 10 July 2012

The tour is only in Spanish, but the guide (we had, at least) speaks very clearly. It is beautiful, interesting, worthwhile, a very nice visit indeed. Beginning every full hour and taking almost a full hour. Very much recommended!

Visited July 2012
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Burgos, Spain
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3 reviews
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“very cool”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

This is a running monastery so out of respect for the people there, they don't allow pictures inside. A lovely visit.

Visited July 2012
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