Monastery of the Descalzas Reales

The Descalzas Reales Monastery, cataloged as an Asset of Cultural Interest, was reopened to the public last December 2021, after a major renovation that included the restoration of more than 50 works, the entry of new pieces and a new lighting system. led for visitors



Located in the Plaza de las Descalzas in Madrid (behind the Plaza de Callo), it was founded by Doña Juana de Austria, sister of Felipe II and princess of Portugal in 1559. Emperor Charles also lived here.

The monastery houses more than 10,000 works of art that include ceramics, sculpture, gold work, paintings and tapestries from different parts of the world. Its architecture is made up of a Plateresque-style façade and an incredible Renaissance staircase. Likewise, inside, the tapestries woven in Brussels commissioned by the daughter of Philip II stand out.



The 19 nuns who live in the Descalzas Reales Monastery are cloistered nuns, that is, they have consecrated themselves to God through obedience, chastity and poverty and live a strictly defined cloister.

After 2 years of restoration, the monastery reopens its doors with its usual guided tours lasting approximately 1 hour. These are held from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The monastery is closed on Mondays and on specific holidays that you can check on its website.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking on this link and ticket prices start at 6 euros.

Do not stay without visiting this monastery located in the heart of Madrid.


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