Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales, Madrid

About Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales, Madrid

Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales, Madrid - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, s/n, 28013 Madrid, Spain (Centro)

Phone: +34-914548800

Ticket Price: 6 EUR

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

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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?

The following:

  • 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.

Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales Ticket Prices

  • 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.

Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales Opening and Closing Hours

  • 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.

How To reach Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales by Public Transport

  • Metro Line 1, 2, 3 stop Puerta del Sol.
  • Trains C3 and C4 stop Puerta del Sol.

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Monasterio De Las Descalzas Reales, Madrid Reviews - Write a Review

  • The monastery was founded by the Joanna of Austria, and became home to several girls and women from royal families who decide to join. Still today there are nuns living there. Visits are guided and take about an hour. You should book in advance to ensure you get an entry. You can do it online or locally. Really beautifull historic place. No pictures are allowed (except in the entrance area).

  • An excellent place to visit with many artifacts and historic nuances to gaze upon. Lots of paintings and tapestries from the Eras gone all with religious connotations. Really loved it. The person in charge of the guided tour, however, wasn't very knowledgeable unfortunately, and kept repeating the same "concepts" over and over again.

  • Must be beautiful, but beware of opening hours: closed between 14 - 16 and ticket sale ends one hour before closing time (and so does the main entrance.

  • I enjoyed the tour but would have like more information about the artists and the meaning of the painting. Also found the place a bit dark and gloomy as were many of the painting. I was informed that many of the paintings were about making yourself ready for death and with luck ascent to heaven.

  • An absolutely stunning convent, and a marvelous example of 16th century Spanish architecture. To get in, plan to arrive before the start of either ticketing session (in the late spring, this would be 10a or 4p). Visits are limited to groups of twenty or so, separated by about fifteen-minute blocks. Plan about an hour and a half. Tours not generally available in English, but there are many things to see, enjoy, savor and observe.

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