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Monastery of Pedralbes

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Aerial view of the monastery. Photography: Pro Travel Photos
The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes is a complex of Gothic monuments located in the upper part of Barcelona, within an elitist neighborhood that owes its name. It is considered as one of the best examples of Catalan Gothic thanks to the unity of style difficult to find in other similar buildings. This great unity is due to the fast construction of the monastery, in only 13 months.

The Monastery was founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada, with the support of her husband, King James II of Aragon. It housed from the beginning a company of nuns of the Order of the poor sisters of Santa Clara, who resided in the monastery with some interruptions until 1983, when the monastery was turned into a museum. A small community of Clarisian nuns still resides in a contiguous building.
The monastic complex, remarkable for the great simplicity of its lines, is made up of the church and the monastery of the Order of Saint Clare arranged around a spacious cloister.

Highlights

✔ The church, a very sober and spacious building. It has a single nave covered with ribbed vaults, with heptagonal apse and side chapels located between the buttresses. Of particular note are the Gothic altarpiece, stained glass windows and the rose windows.
✔ The cloister, with square floor plan, is considered as the largest Gothic cloister in the world. It is three floors height and 40 meters long. The first two floors are formed by wide arches resting on columns. In a corner of the cloister we find a small Plateresque font, the Angel Fountain.
✔ The bell tower, octagonal in shape.
✔ The chapel of Sant Miquel, former cell of the abbess opened to the cloister. The chape is covered with wonderful murals realized in 1346 by Jaume Ferrer Bassa.
✔ The sepulchre of Queen Elisenda, the founder of the monastery, a marble tomb with the peculiarity of presenting two faces, one face looking at the church and the second at the cloister.
✔ The treasures of the monastery. A selection of the best works of art gathered by the community of nuns.
✔ The dependencies of the community: the refectory, the bedroom, the kitchen, the infirmary, the Chapter Room. It helps to understand the enclosed life of the monastic community.

Contact
Museu-Monestir de Pedralbes
9 Baixada del Monestir
Barcelona 08034
www.monestirpedralbes.barcelona
Tel.: +34 932 563 434
monestirpedralbes@bcn.cat
Timetable
Winter season (October - March)
Tuesday to Friday: 10am - 2pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Holidays: 10am - 2pm
Summer season (April - September)
Tuesday to Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 8pm
Holidays: 10am - 2pm
Closed: Mondays, January 1, Good Friday, May 1, June 24 and December 25.
Prices
General admission: 5 €
Reduced ticket: 3.50 €
Free admission: under 16 years old, the first Sunday of the month, every Sunday after 3pm.
Barcelona Card


Public transport
Metro
Maria Cristina and Palau Reial Stations - line L3
FGC Train
Reina Elisenda Station - line L12
Bus
Lines H4, V5, 63, 68, 75 and 78
Tourist bus
Monestir de Pedralbes stop - blue route