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“A quiet, lovely place away from the hum of the city”

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes
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Ranked #45 of 703 things to do in Barcelona
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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.
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“A quiet, lovely place away from the hum of the city”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

We got off the Touristic blue bus to visit this beautiful monastery and we had the place almost to our selves. Away from the noise of the city it was an oasis of calm, stillness and beauty. It is in remarkable condition and is presented to us with elegance and intelligence. The kitchens are a real surprise, as is the water supply,and the gardens, full of labelled herbs, are delightful. This is well worth a visit if you like peace and tranquillity.

Visited June 2014
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“Underrated Barcelona Gem”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

This monastery is an absolute contrast to Barcelona's energy and mayhem. I came here towards the end of my last day in town (Sunday afternoon - open until 8 and free!) and absolutely loved sitting in the cloister, hearing the birds sing, the fresh air, the orange trees, the nuns singing Mass, the well-designed exhibits on the monastery's history.

Visited June 2014
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“Jewel of Catalan Gothic”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Monastery (Monetsir) Santa Maria de Pedralbes was founded 1326 not far from Barcelona by Queen Elisenda for the Order of Saint Clare. It represents pure Catalan gothic.
Today you can reach the cloister by city bus (e.g. line 64 from Barceloneta). You have to visit 2 buildings (separate entrances): the church and the cloister (today museum).
In the church is, besides other interesting things, the tomb of Queen Elisenda.
In the cloister you can visit the lower, ground, first and part of the second floor. The third floor is closed. You can see the nuns' cells, the dining hall, the kitchen and other rooms. Outstanding is the garden in the courtyard with palm trees, cypresses and oranges.
If you have enough time in Barcelona, we recommend this visit

Visited May 2014
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“Peaceful beauty”
Reviewed April 30, 2014

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.

Visited April 2014
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“Lovely place”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

I loved visiting the Monestir and learning about the history of the place, however, unless you are interested in this sphere, I think that you can skip it, particularly if your stay in BCN in less than a week, as there are many other interesting places where to spend your time, especially on your first visit. However, the Monestir does provide quiet retreat and the surrounding area has very beautiful architecture and rich homes, and makes for a pleasant walk, if you are not under pressure to fit as much sight seeing as you possibly can.

Visited March 2014
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