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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  • It is a beautiful place, the ceiling and wall paintings are one of the most stunning I have ever seen. You need to join the guided tour to be able to see it, it lasts around 50 minutes and you definit...  more »
  • A part of the history of Spanish royalty. Located in the center of Madrid, your tours are guided and subject to schedules that must be consulted before the visit. Among all the rooms, the room is dedicated to tapestries, all of them large. Others, not exposed, can be seen on the afternoon of Good Friday during the procession that takes place inside the cloister. If you are visiting Madrid, you should not miss this gem.
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  • The art and tapestries here were extraordinary. The sheer amount of Renaissance art here is unbelievable. Even though the hours and tour are limited, I would recommend this place if you are in Madrid.
  • They only provide guided tours in French and Spanish but no English. The place is worth visiting but we learn just a little because of the language barrier. It was a pity.
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