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“Beautiful Monastery”

Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas
Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Avila
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 29 April 2018

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 the Catholic Kings, who died at the age of 19. The high altar displays a wonderful retable, a masterpiece of art by Pedro de Berruguete, illustrating scenes of the life of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The monastery has three beautiful cloisters: the Cloister of the Novices, the Cloister of Silence with steps leading into the choir, and the two-story Royal Cloister. There is beautiful Museum of Oriental Art with art collected by the Dominicans from the Philippines, China and Japan. The monastery is open everyday from 10:30 to 14h, and 15:30 to 19:30h. One can take a taxi by calling Radio Taxi at 920-353-545.

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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 a Dominican monastery founded in 1482 by Ferdinand & Isabella and is still operational.Their son Juan died there aged 19 and is buried in a magnificent alabaster monument in the middle of the church.The church is quiet and seemingly unchanged from its original construction. There is a magnificent carved choir with the two places reserved for the regents. The high altar at the other end of the church is on the same level as the choir which is an interesting aspect. There is another carved tomb of Juan's tutors. For those interested in St Teresa of Avila the confessional she used can be seen as is the crucifix where she had one of her visions. Finally there are three beautiful cloisters of varying sizes. To top it off there was an active storks nest on top of the bell tower. An unforgettable visit.

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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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