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Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns

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Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are both rated very highly by professional reviewers. On balance, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum ranks significantly better than Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum comes in at 97 with praise from 10 publications like concierge.com, Frommer's and Michelin Guide.

Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are both rated very highly by professional reviewers. On balance, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum ranks significantly better than Convent of the Royal Barefoot Nuns. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum comes in at 97 with praise from 10 publications like concierge.com, Frommer's and Michelin Guide.

tripexpert score
82
#11 in Madrid
location

Plaza de las Descalzas Reales, s/n, 28013 Madrid

endorsements
  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's

    Its plain, brick-and-stone facade hides paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán, Titian, and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    In the mid-16th century, aristocratic women -- either disappointed in love or "wanting to be the bride of Christ" -- stole away to this convent to take the veil. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    The grim, prisonlike walls of this one-time palace keep modern Madrid at bay and offer no hint that behind the sober plateresque facade lies a sumptuous stronghold of the faith. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Home to a remarkable museum of religious art... also includes numerous canvases by Zurbarán, Bruegel the Elder. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    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. Full Review →

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98
#1 in Madrid

Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain

  • 11 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Opened in 1992, the Thyssen occupies spacious galleries filled with natural light in the late-18th-century Villahermosa Palace (itself finished in 1771). Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Until around 1985, the contents of this museum virtually overflowed the premises of a legendary villa near Lugano, Switzerland. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    One of the most extraordinary private collections of predominantly European art in the world, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is a worthy member of Madrid’s ‘Golden Triangle’ of art. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    The collection is an opportunity to explore Western art from the late 12C to the present day. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    The Thyssen’s pieces, purchased by the Spanish state from a private collector in 1992, represent a tremendous breadth of European painters from the 14th to 21st centuries. Full Review →

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