Monasterio De Las Descalzas RealesCurrently Closed
- Address: Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro), 28013
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
- Phone: +34-914548800
- Fax: +1-915426947
- Ticket Price: 6 EUR
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Monument, Family And Kids, Architecture , Monastery , Social, Arts, Museums
Europe will never run out of crazy histories like this. Back in 1559, Joanna of Austria founded this convent. It began to attract nobleborn and wealthy spinsters and widows, who each brought with them a substantial dowry, and soon the convent was filthy rich. Not that it mattered – no one was allowed to spend or even display that wealth. The nuns became poorer and poorer until one day the government and pope stepped in and turned the place into a museum. That museum now supports the few nuns who still live there. It’s also one of Spain’s most visited national monuments now. The church itself is a masterwork of architecture, but what priceless treasures did the nuns bring in?
- Alleged pieces from Christ's cross.
- Bones of Saint Sebastian.
- Titian's Caesar's Money, tapestries by Rubens.
- Works by Hans de Beken and Brueghel the Elder.
- Rare portraits of royal children of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from the late 16th-century.
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- Free admission: children under 5 years, large families, ICOM members, disabled people, teachers, unemployed people and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon for European Union and Ibero-American citizens.
- Tuesday to Saturday: Box office and open access to the monastery in the morning until 1pm and until 5:30pm.
- Sundays and holidays: Box office and open access to the Monastery until 2pm.
- Metro Line 1, 2, 3 stop Puerta del Sol.
- Trains C3 and C4 stop Puerta del Sol.
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- Casa Labra
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There are wonderful collections in such a small space as compared to larger museums. If you are in area, this is a must see. Definitely recommend! However you can. It walk on your own. Must be in an hour guided tour which is given only in Spanish or French...
I would recommend this visit only to people deeply interested in religion. Rooms are dark, air is thick and warm, no toilets, no benches for older people. Only guided visits, Sundays all 7 guided groups were only in Spanish. Totally agree to people saying that 1 hour for a tour is too long. Come early and buy a ticket for a tour later that day. On a Sunday around 11am we did not have to wait in line, purchased the tickets for the tour at 12:45.
The place itself is wonderful, with some the finest tapestries I have ever seen. Some excellent paintings, some rather average. N.B. Can only go in on guided tour, and the day I went they only were in Spanish, so I got a bit bored. Also not allowed to sit down even though there are wooden benches, too precious for paying visitors bottoms! But the tapestries are worth these hardships!!
Most tours are in Spanish. The guide was nice enough to explain just a bit, but there are a lot of painting of Jesus and Mary. Good your in general.
Short line at 3:40 pm for 4 pm opening time. Next English tour at 4:45. Took Spanish tour at 4:15. This was a mistake, since our Spanish couldn't keep up. Otherwise lots of artwork to see. Worthwhile to see this sight.