Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes
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The Royal Monastery of St Mary of Pedralbes, founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda of Montcada, third wife of James II of Aragon, provides a unique cultural and historical record of the community of Poor Clare Nuns who lived there practically without a break from 1327 to 1982. Its artistic heritage has become a reference for the study of the customs, fashions and models of secular and religious life. The exhibitions "Petras Albas", "The Treasures of the Monastery," "Plants, Remedies and Apothecaries", "Murals in the Spotlight: the Paintings in St Michael's Chapel" as well as the restored Chapel itself, illustrate the museum complex.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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annvalang
Turi, Estonia802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
When we were at Monasterio de Pedralbes, my mother thought we had been there before. Monasterio de Pedralbes reminds us of Cloister of the Clarisses in Naples, Italy. Free visit on Sundays after 3 pm :) Away from the main sights, but if you have time, definitely worth visiting this medieval monastery.
Written July 24, 2022
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Ms_R33480
Palm Beach, FL735 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Beautiful secluded monastery with a nice and informative exhibition. Away from the tourist area and well worth the visit to see a nice quiet, upscale sidential area of Barcelona. There are several buses to take you there or the subway if you don't mind walking a little up the hill. (About 3/4 of a mile)
Written June 3, 2021
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Roland B
Zurich, Switzerland1,808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
we had a nice stroll out here to the outskirts of Barcelona, to visit this monastery, and it was worth the walk. there is a very small room with beautiful frescos left, but also else it is a nice compound on two levels, with rooms and exhibits. the church itself is approached from outside, i.e. you don't need an entrance ticket, but it has little to see. for tourists with the Barcelona card, the monastery is included.
Written February 20, 2022
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Karinsreview
Amsterdam, Netherlands12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you like historical buildings, you will like this monastery and it's museum.
Part of the monastery is still habitated by nuns which of course is not open for visitors.
When we visisted the monastery there was a service going on so we could hear the singing nuns in the hallways of the museum! Awesome!

In the cellar there is a room with all little windows with behing that little statues telling the story of the birth and reserrection of Christ. Very beautiful. And nice for children too!
Not many visitors here, because it's further away and not in the top 10 of places to visit in most guides, but we like it not being so crowded!

This is on the red route of the hop on/off bus, so easy to get to.
You can combine this with a trip to
Every first Sunday of the month free! Otherwise €6 per adult.

Worth a visit!

(Tried to do this review in English so everybody can read this. Pardon my English if I made spelling errors.....)
Written July 7, 2009
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Fullers2012
London, UK64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
We were very excited to make the trip on two trains to see the monastery. Arrived walked around the building to try to get in then came across a tiny plaque with the opening times- it closed at 2pm! 😡
Still, at least we got our daily exercise!
Written October 20, 2017
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vamoros
Barcelona, Spain26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
One of the shapers of Barcelona personality. This medieval only-women (nuns) monastery was home for some of the daughters of the Barcelona medieval nobility. The place and the architecture are worth a visit.
Written November 30, 2014
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willful
New York City137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
After five days of rushing from one sight to another in Barcelona, we loved relaxing in the beautiful cloister of the Monestir of Pedralbes. It is larger and more delicate than many medieval cloisters, and far enough outside the city that there were not many tourists. We took the number 22 bus from the city center, which took over half an hour to get there, but allowed us to see various "non-tourist" sections of Barcelona on the way. (You can also get there in ten minutes on the Metro) There is a nice restaurant just across the street in this otherwise high class residential neighborhood. They have listening devices in English which do a good job of telling you the interesting history of this convent built in the early 1300's.
Written April 30, 2014
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Hoosier1959
Columbia, MO137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Get away from the crowds of tourists and find some peace and serenity in this beautiful place. We saw only one or two other groups in August when the rest of Barcelona was wall to wall with tourists and long lines for everything! You will not regret the beauty and stillness of this place of meditation. The 14th century kitchen, updated in the 1600s is a beautiful sight. Birds call and flutter around a central fountain, and the chiming bells complete the scene. Hop off the blue loop of the tourist bus. You will not regret it. Spend the one or two euros for the audio tour.
Written August 11, 2015
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
My wife and I went on a Sunday morning and it was free. What I love about this monastery is the very large art collection on the second floor. Every piece of art is labeled correctly and many pieces of art have very good explanations. I was able to take many beautiful photos of the art here. The chapel is also beautiful.

The very large cloister is very impressive.
Written September 16, 2014
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UKtravellersolo
Oxfordshire, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
You approach through a "village" square, which gives some idea of the vast size of this place. Then through into the building, with its triple tier of cloisters. It is a truly beautiful sight in its own right and you are able to walk around much of it.
There are also well presented displays throughout and a fantastic collection of paintings. Allow a couple of hours at least.
Written July 20, 2014
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