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“Beautiful, calming place”

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes
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$56.34*
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Barcelona Card with Guidebook
Ranked #48 of 752 things to do in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 19, 2013

The monetary is gorgeous and great to take pictures of. The whole experience was very tranquil and pleasant, we were very glad we took the trip.

1  Thank Sarah B
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. Original buildings well preserved are 14th century. The museum is well worth seeing and contains several rare and interesting artefacts..
The kitchens and the Nuns cells give a fascinating insight into the lives on the Nuns.
Quite easy to get to to by metro and Turistica Blue route.

Thank PatsyCha
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

A beautiful catalonian gothic church and the monastery, with the hude cloister and internal courtyard. Beautiful gothic colums, the well, old monastery utilities and work space such as kitchens, some sculpture on display as well. Very quiet, off the beaten track, very little tourists come there (easily available with Barcelona Bus Turistic, Blue line). A very unique and beautiful place, definitely worth visiting.

1  Thank Katarzyna B
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

A beatiful and well conserved Monastery in the outskirts of Barcelona. This is a pleasent visit to an exquisite Monastery built in XIV century. An interesting place with some interesting facts and architecture. Although is a Little bit far, it is not difficult to get there (you can reach it by train) and is also an opportunity to take a look at Barcelona outskirts. The best of it is that as this is far from the common tourist route, there won't be sellers or people harassing you to buy something like in old city. The day I visited, noticed that around 90% of the visitors were in fact spanish. Tips: Every Sunday, entrance is free! After seeing the monastery, you should give a try to a park that is about 100m from there and from where you can get a great view of all city.

2  Thank Caue P
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

This was one of the "off the tourist track" bargain trips using our T10.
TAKE A MAP - the signage at Pedralbes is very poor
Take the FGC Line 6 from Pl de Catalunya (enter by the cafe Zurich entrance) and head for Reina Elisenda (about 20 minutes)
(Tip: if you have a smartphone get the free FGC app., for train times, fares and routes. Remeber however that if you're travelling in Zone 1 it's one journey on your T10)
Once out the station you'll be heading uphill to the Monestir - there are few signs so you may have to ask . It's about 15 minutes walk.
An achingly beautiful place (7 euros entrance). sparklingly bright frescos painted an 1346, peaceful cloisters; lovely collection of priceless art, silver, paintings.... An insight into how nuns have lived for over 650 years
We loved it

3  Thank Geoff W
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