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Discover four centuries of Spanish religious architecture spread throughout Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, home to the famous statue of the Black Madonna and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the Mudéjar cloister, built between 1389 and 1405, decorated in the traditional white and red. Marvel at the opulently ornamented sacristy and study the series of Zurbarán paintings on the walls. Scheduled tours grant access to more areas of the monastery and enable you to get a closer look at the Black Madonna. Plan my day in Caceres using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe Reviews
The guide here was extremely unfriendly. The talk was all in Spanish with no English, French, German or italian text or talk available. Our own guide who wanted to translate nto English was not... more »
We decided to take the guided tour despite we do not speek Spanish. However this is the only way to see all rooms that are open to the public. The tour was very nice. more »
Very impressive. You buy a ticket for €5. You wait in the vestibule for a guide and I’ve no idea how the system works. Whether they wait for numbers or if it’s time based. The waiting room was quite full when the guide arrived. You go through to the cloister area where at the end of the tour you may take pictures. All the other areas are no photography. Probably due to concerns over flash. It’s one of the most impressive ones I’ve seen. Then you go into the embroidery museum where everything is 15-17 C. The work is amazing and the condition excellent considering it’s age. Then you go into the museum of illustrated books. These books are 1m x 0.7m, so huge. There are a lot of them. Some smaller books too. All leather bound with huge clasps. Then you visit the shrine and the sacristy. Quite incredible areas. Then back round the cloisters and exit where you came in. Definitely worth the €5
Try to avoid to get into the guided tour. It is miserable. Groups many times way too big, and guides that are not interested in you, nor in the beautiful convent. Quick and dirty. Which is a true pity, since it is the only (official) way to get to see the beauty of the courtyard.
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