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Royal Monastery of Santa Ana

  • Monastery-convent of Santa Ana © Turespaña

    Monastery-convent of Santa Ana © Turespaña



Monasteries and seminaries


16th century


Plaza de Santa Ana, s/n
05001 Ávila
Ávila, Castile-Leon

Telephone+34 920221666


The future Isabella I 'la Católica' was educated as a little girl in this convent of Cistercian nuns, which was founded in the 14th century and totally rebuilt in the 16th century.

The building was completed in 1350, but was completely renovated throughout the 16th century in keeping with the precepts of the Renaissance style of the time, after which this newly resplendent building was used as a school for nobles and members of the royal family.
In addition to the church and the choir stalls, features of interest in the site include particularly its elegant rectangular cloister, which is unusual in having three storeys or levels in the same style. These spacious lintelled galleries are supported on columns with capitals. Two cornices decorated with spheres separate the three floors, which are connected by means of three stairways with cross vaults, rampant arches and finely worked trusses. The convent was restored in 1985, and today serves as the administrative offices of one of the departments in the regional government.

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Monday to Friday

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Closing days: Weekend and Public holidays



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