Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales, Madrid

4.0
#14 of 92 in Museums in Madrid
Specialty Museum · Museum
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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  • Beautiful building with fascinating history, but staff is rude and unhelpful. If you ask for a bathroom you will have to go to the bar next door. Funcionarios!  more »
  • So recommended, preferably reserved! The history of the Monastery, and the painting at the entrance of the staircase is worth it!  more »
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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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