Pedralbes Monastery, Barcelona
When visiting Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is typically the first port of call for anyone who wants to experience the magic of Gaudí. This is closely followed by a trip to the Barcelona Cathedral, one of the city’s finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture. Some may even venture a little further afield to catch a glimpse of the Monastery at Montserrat, famous for its unique statue of the Virgin Mary.
However, one sacred place that few visitors to Barcelona get the chance to discover is the Pedralbes Monastery.
Dating back to the 14th century, the Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes, to give it its full title, is another stunning example of Catalan Gothic architecture and one which is well worth visiting.
Founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada, this magnificent monastery was built in the town of Pedralbes (a name derived from the Latin Petras Albas, meaning ‘white stones’), near the district of Sarrià. Construction of the monastery commenced in 1326 and was completed in under a year, opening its doors to the Order of nuns of Saint Clare, who have maintained the monastery ever since.
What to See
The Monastery of Pedralbes is now a museum, comprising both the monastery itself and the church. It is set out around a three-tier cloister providing access to the main rooms: the dormitory, the refectory, the chapterhouse, the abbey and the nuns’ day cells, one of which contains some amazing mural paintings by Ferrer Bassa.
Within the church, be sure to take a look at the tomb of Queen Elisenda. It is interesting to note that the Queen’s tomb has a double-sided feature that presents her in two forms: one as a mourning widow and the other as a Queen.
Other features not to miss are the 14th century stained glass windows, still preserved from their original construction, and the tombs of various noble families decorated with authentic heraldic elements. Saint Michael’s Chapel is adorned with more works by Ferrer Bassa and is a beautiful place to visit.
Open to the public since 1983, you don’t want to miss the Pedralbes Monastery’s display of artwork housed in the dormitory, illustrating monastic life as it has evolved throughout the past seven centuries. The current museum inside the monastery hosts a collection of art, sculptures, gold and silver pieces as well as an accumulation of utensils collected from the nuns over the ages.
During summer, you can also experience a range of activities and guided tours at the Pedralbes Monastery, including concerts.
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|Names:||Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes; Real monasterio de Santa María de Pedralbes; Pedralbes Monastery; Monasterio de Pedralbes|
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|Coordinates:||41.395556° N, 2.112222° E (view on Google Maps)|
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