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Visit Monastery of Las Descalzas Reales - National Heritage

Hosted by the Consul of the Madrid Art Lovers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sat 25 May 11:45 - 13:00

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As required by various friends from the Art Lovers Group, we are going to repeat this great visit at Descalzas Reales Monastery.

We have a booked guided visit for this date and time, please register yourself ONLY if you are sure to join this day - Thank you!


One of the lesser-known highlights of Madrid is the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales ("Monastery of the Barefoot Royals"), a Hapsburg foundation with a fascinating museum of religious art treasures.

History of Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales:
The convent was founded in Protected content Joan of Austria, whose daughter hid away here rather than endure marriage to Felipe II. More aristocratic women soon followed, bringing their dowries with them. These dowries included such treasures as precious metals, paintings, and even religious relics. With all these possessions, the foundation soon became very wealthy.

By the mid-20th century, however, the Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales was mostly home to very poor women. It still held its priceless collection of treasures, but the nuns were forbidden to auction anything.

The state eventually intervened and, with a special dispensation from the pope, the convent was opened to the public as a museum in Protected content . In Protected content , the European Council rated it "Museum of the Year."

What to See at Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales? :
The opening of the convent has provided a glimpse into what had long been a mysterious presence in central Madrid. A handful of barefoot nuns still live here, growing vegetables in the garden.

The visit will be guided in Spanish language