Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery

 monasteries Costa Brava, tourist information about the abbey of Sant Pere de Rodes
General view of the monastery. Photography: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
The majestic Benedictine monastery of San Pedro de Rodas is located on the northern slopes of the Verdera mountain in the Serra de Rodes range, about 520 meters above sea level. Its dominant position gives the visitor an exceptional view over the Costa Brava, from the Creus Cape to the french border. Considered a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture in the Iberian Peninsula, the complex is built on terraces and includes buildings from different periods. Since 1993 the monument has been declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest.
Although documented from the 9th century, the monastery only from 945 is considered an independent Benedictine abbey, reaching its maximum splendor between the 11th and 12th centuries and becoming a center of pilgrimage of the time.
Highlights
The church, in Romanesque style influenced by the architecture late Roman, is the maximum exponent of the architectonic ensemble. It has a Latin cross plant with three naves with barrel vault, crossing and three apses. The central nave is splendid and ample in size. A outstanding feature of the church is the great difference of height between the central nave and the lateral ones and the extraordinary sculptural decoration of its capitals. Under the apse is located the crypt.
The 12th century cloister, the central part of the complex. Around it are distributed the rest of constructions.
The squared bell tower, from the 11th - 12th century, located on the western facade of the monastery. It is in Romanesque Lombard style with three floors of windows. It reaches 27 meters in height.
The keep, built in the 10th century and renovated in the 14th century.
The remains of the abbey palace
Contact
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Contact
Address: Monastery road - El Port de la Selva (Girona) 17489
Tel.: +34 972 387 559 / +34 972 194 238
Email: santperederodes.cultura@gencat.cat
Timetable
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Timetable
October - May: 10am to 5.30pm
June - September: 10am - 8pm
Closed: Mondays not public holidays, 25 and 26 December, 1 and 6 January.
Prices
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Prices
General admission: 4.50 €
Reduced admission (over 65, under 25, retirees, families, people with disabilities): 3.50 €
Special reduced admission (Groups of students with teacher with prior reservation made between July 1 and August 31, single parent or large families): 2 €
Children under 8 years of age, unemployed persons, professional tour guides, groups of students with teacher with reservation made between September 1st and June 30th: Free admission
How to get here
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How to get here
By train. Llançà railway station, 15 km away. Medium Distance and Regional trains with main destinations Barcelona, Girona, Portbou and Cerbère.
By bus. El Port de la Selva bus station, 8km away. The bus company Sarfa connects El Port de la Selva with Figueres, Llançà, Cadaqués and Barcelona.
By car. From Barcelona (164 km). Highway AP-7 to Figueres (exit 4: Figueres - Roses). Continue along the N-260 road to Vilajuïga and on the local road GIP-6041 to the monastery. From France (48 km). Highway AP-7 to Figueres (exit 3: Figueres - Roses) and follow the same route as before.
Location
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Location
GPS: 42°19'24.1"N 3°09'58.6"E / 42.323352, 3.166290
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