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Beautiful monestery

A must see during a two to three day stay in Avila. Beautiful statues to Avila's saints, Santa... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Worth a pop in!

While not as dramatic as the cathedral or as old as San Vicente, the Royal Monastery of St Thomas... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Miserable female ticket vendor should have warned me. Lots of building work going on. Plastic sheeting and traffic tape in the silent cloisters. The royal cloisters were pretty but I was bemused by the taxidermy collection and especially that of the oriental collection which seemed...More

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Reviewed 19 July 2018

A must see during a two to three day stay in Avila. Beautiful statues to Avila's saints, Santa Teresa and Saint Thomas, both mystics. Three beautiful cloisters and a great choir. Take the tour

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

While not as dramatic as the cathedral or as old as San Vicente, the Royal Monastery of St Thomas (still a working monastery) is worth a look, of only for the magnificent tomb of the son of Ferdinand and Isabella.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

I visited the Monastery at the end of a very long and hard day and was very tired when I got there. I just wish I had arrived there first thing in the morning when I was less tired, as it was easily the best...More

Thank bootty5
Reviewed 17 May 2018

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

Thank jb5753
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...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.

1  Thank colina905
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
Reviewed 24 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.

Thank seafare74
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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