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Monastery of Las Descalzas Reales

  • Monastery of the Descalzas Reales. Madrid © Turespaña

    Monastery of the Descalzas Reales. Madrid © Turespaña

  

Category

Monasteries and seminaries

Date

Siglo XVI

Style

Renaissance
Plaza de las Descalzas Reales 3
28013 Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

Telephone+34 914548800

Fax+34 915426947

E-mailinfo@patrimonionacional.es

Websitehttp://www.patrimonionacional.es/real-sitio/monasterios/6095

Seclusion for the nobility

The convent is located right in the heart of Madrid. It occupies the old palace which was once the residence of Charles I and Isabella of Portugal, and the place where their daughter, Doña Juana, was born in 1535. Her tomb can be seen today in one of the chapels, adorned with a kneeling funerary sculpture by Pompeyo Leoni. It was Doña Juana who founded this convent of barefoot Franciscan nuns in 1557. Numerous ladies of the nobility would seek seclusion at this monastery, taking their personal belongings with them. This is the reason the convent today has such an important collection of paintings, tapestries and religious images. The original structure and many of the decorative elements of this Plateresque palace can still be seen on the interior of the convent. There are 17th-century fresco paintings on the staircase and in the Milagro chapel. Particular highlights include the tapestries woven from cartoons by Rubens, representing the Apotheosis of the Eucharist, in addition to paintings by artists such as Titian, Sánchez Coello, Brueghel and Luini, among others.

Practical information

Timetables

 

Tuesday to Saturday

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Public holidays

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Closing days: Monday

Rates

 

General: €6

Admission free: children under 5, on 18 May, large families, ICOM members, disabled persons, and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for EU and Latin-American citizens.

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