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Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Real Monasterio de la Encarnación)
Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Real Monasterio de la Encarnación)

Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Real Monasterio de la Encarnación)

Tues-Sat 10am-2pm and 4pm-6:30pm and Sun 10am-3pm
Plaza de la Encarnación 1, Madrid, Spain, 28013

The basics

To explore the Spanish Baroque monastery and chapel, a tour is your best bet. You follow a guide through this richly-decorated space that once served as a convent for women of royal lineage. You can view the art, gold and silver relics, and frescoes dotting its interior. Tours take about an hour, and you need a ticket to attend.

Since the monastery is located just steps from the Plaza De Oriente, it's worth strolling past and admiring the historic facade, even if you don't book a tour. You can also add on a stop at the Madrid Royal Palace, Sabatini Gardens, and Plaza Espana.

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Things to know before you go

  • The tour is best suited to visitors interested in religious history, since you can expect lots of detail.
  • Art enthusiasts shouldn't miss the chapel's ceiling frescoes by artist Francisco Bayeu.
  • The modest tour fee is waived for kids younger than five, teachers, and guests with disabilities.
  • Travelers report that tours don't include English-language translation.
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How to get there

Though architecture tours and some sightseeing outings pass the monastery (and the neighboring Royal Palace), you can also take the metro. Take the 3 or 10 lines to the Plaza de España station, or the 2 or 5 lines to the Ópera station. It's just a short walk from either station to the monastery, along the Plaza de la Encarnación.

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When to get there

If you want to tour the building, be prepared for a crowd during Madrid's busy summer tourist season, and arrive early to secure a ticket. Otherwise, the monastery is open Tuesday to Saturday, and is closed for siesta. On Sundays and holidays, the monastery shutters by mid-afternoon. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, self-guided tours are complimentary for citizens of the EU and Latin American countries.

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What to See at the Madrid Royal Palace

Since it's just a few steps from the Royal Monastery of the Incarnation, you can easily add a stop at the Madrid Royal Palace. The 16th-century landmark is packed with art and antiquities that you can appreciate with a self-guided audio tour. Standouts include the Throne Room, an exhibit on the Crown Jewels of Spain, and the chapel's frescoed dome.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Royal Monastery of the Incarnation (Real Monasterio de la Encarnación)?
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