Pedralbes Monastery

 Visit the Monastery of Pedralbes, a monumental complex of Gothic style located in Barcelona.
Aerial view of the monastery. Photography: Cristian Atudoroae (Barcelona 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.
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
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Contact
Museu - Monestir de Pedralbes
Address: 9 Baixada del Monestir - - Barcelona 08034
Tel.: +34 932 563 434
Email: monestirpedralbes@bcn.cat
Website: www.monestirpedralbes.bcn.cat
Timetable
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Timetable
Winter season (October - March)
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 2pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 5pm
Summer season (April - September)
Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: 10am to 8pm

Closed: Monday, January 1, Good Friday, May 1, June 24 and December 25.
Prices
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Prices
General admission: 5 €
Reduced admission (over 65, retirees, students, teachers, single parent families, disabled, unemployed people): 3.50 €
Groups of more than 10 people: 3.50 €
Children under 16, tourist guides, teachers: free admission
The first Sunday of each month, Sundays from 3pm, February 12, May 18 and September 24: free admission
Public transport
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Public transport
FGC train. Reina Elisenda station (L6 line), 550m away.
Metro. Maria Cristina station (L3 line) and Palau Reial station (L3 line), both just 1.6 km away.
Bus. 63, 68, 78 and H4 lines.
Tourist bus. Monestir de Pedralbes stop (Blue route).
Location
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Location
GPS: 41°23'44.6"N 2°06'45.2"E / 41.395734, 2.112562
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