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Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas

Plaza de Granada 1, 05003 Avila, Spain
+34 920 22 04 00
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A huge disappointment. Billed as one of the top three architectural gems of Avila, with particular... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jb5753
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Aix-en-Provence, France
Beautiful Monastery

The monastery was founded in 1483 by Maria Davila (the widow of Hernan Nuñez, the secretary and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
BennyMalaga
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Malaga, Spain
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A huge disappointment. Billed as one of the top three architectural gems of Avila, with particular reference to the lovely peaceful cloisters.... Well, the first cloister is completely covered in plastic sheeting, and invisible; the second, laughably called "the cloister of silence", has two sides...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monastery was founded in 1483 by Maria Davila (the widow of Hernan Nuñez, the secretary and treasurer of the Catholic Kings) and Tomas de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of Spain. The main chapel has the raised tomb of Prince John, the son of...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

devoted one day visiting all sites we had missed within the walls of avila. next day walked across the river and up to the four columns.a superb view. returned via the monastery. very welcoming and obliging people there and a beautiful place to visit.

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Reviewed 30 June 2017

The Monastery of St Thomas although a little out of town is worth the visit. I walked from the station which took 15 minutes and arrived just as it was opening for the day. Entry is 3.00€. There is an audio guide available. It is...More

1  Thank Paul A
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Reviewed 23 June 2017

The monastery is an architectural wonder with three beautiful courtyards or cloisters and the tomb of the king's son among the treasures that make a visit here worthwhile.

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Reviewed 13 January 2017

An important part of the Saint Therese route. It was built by the Catholic Kings and it is interesting to understand how the Dominic Order and different friars travel from here to the New World.

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Reviewed 4 November 2016

The monastery is a really must-see if you are around Avila. The building is really nice with the three cloisters, the chorus and the tomb of Prince Juan. It is also very relevant from historic point of view

Thank Jorge R
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

An amazing building taking only 21 years to build (not long in those days) and being originally built as a monastery, but also as one of the Kings residences No photos allowed inside. We were unable to go inside the main church as there was...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2016

It is worth the walk to visit this monastery. The son of the catholic Kings is buried here, and in the most ornate 'coro' are chairs where Ferdinand and Isabel used to sit to listen to mass. You can actually sit in Ferdinand's chair which...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2016

A beautiful monastery with idyllic cloisters. The oriental art collection is an unexpected treat. Well worth the short walk down from the old town.

Thank NedZ77
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