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Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales

3 Plaza de las Descalzas Reales
Madrid, 28013, Spain
TEL: 34-91-454-8800

This collection of fantastic, if occasionally brutally themed, religious art, including pieces by Peter Paul Rubens, is in an appropriately creaky and forbidding 16th-century working convent smack in the heart of Madrid’s central district. The art can be viewed only on a tour (5 euros, about $6.50), and Madrileños and tourists alike line up several times a day for the privilege. The pièce de résistance is the tapestry room, a hushed and softly lit space with massive handwoven tapestries displaying biblical scenes in lurid color. Unfortunately, it’s all too brief on the tour and individual wanderings are a strict no-no. Tours are in Spanish, but well worth it even if you don’t speak the language.

Insider Tip:

Lines stretch around the block: aim for the first tour slot, at 10:30 a.m., arriving no later than 10 a.m.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Active
  • Guide Required
  • Notable Art Collection
  • Open to General Public
  • Relics

Other: Convent

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