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Yes, it is worth the visit even though I have graded it a 3. What spoilt it for me was the guide (a monk) who seemed quite obnoxious at first - he got riled up when someone asked a question he had already given the...More
The scenery from Madrid over the Navacerrada range and journey to the Valley was fantastic ,The river and grounds were beautiful and the Monasterio very interesting with paintings of the founder which had been in the Pradountil 2014Our guide Miguel was very knowledgible and interesting
I have to say that was a surprise for us, because the initial plan was the "presillas" a small number of pools besides a river in Rascafria Town , in the road we saw the Monastery and stopped a little bit but unfortunately there were...More
Situated about 90 minutes north of Madrid, the Monasterio is a cultural and artistic gem. The monastery lies about 3km from Rascafría, a small town located in the valley of El Paular, The area is quiet scenic with spectacular mountains all around. Originally founded in...More
When you think you've seen it, you are escorted behind the lovely ceramic altarpiece to a surprising and very different part of the monastery. I won't spoil the surprise but suggest you make sure to sign up for the guided tour.
The tour is entirely in Spanish; we were very lucky to have someone in the group to interpret into English. The sacristy was the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The outside of the monastery is plain so you don't expect such opulence.
It is best to visit on Sunday because that is the only time the church is open and there is a Mass at noon with Gregorian chants, a beautiful experience.
King Juan I, King of Castille, laid the first stone in 1390 for the Carthusian...More
Located about a mile west of town, the monastery was founded in the 14th century and is still inhabited by Benedictine monks. Tours daily at noon, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., conducted in Spanish only. Show up at main gate and wait in line near...More