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“Good example of 12-13 century monastery”

Royal Monastery of Santes Creus
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The local Catalan government prepares and presents its tourist attractions very well. This is a well preserved Abbey, and is easy to navigate around using the supplied tour brochure in your choice of language. We missed the English guided tour - it goes at 2 pm, however the brochure is adequate. The buildings have been reasonably well preserved, and the sculptures are most interesting - including some representations of the sculpturer himself, and his friends!

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

loved it !
this place is brillant, we did the "tour" with MontBlanc, Poblet and Santes Cruz.
Obviously poblet is still active so very well maintained and very impressive. However even if not so neat, Santes Cruz was impressive too and the audio/video show very creative : I loved it.

2  Thank Gl0be_Tr0tter_14
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

The outside of this is not as impressive as Poblet but they have an excellent video (really more of a son et lumière) that gives history of the Cistercian Order. It provides a great context for visits all 3 monasteries. There is a video in English (schedules will vary).

3  Thank MarioCavaradossi
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Great place to visit to learn a lot about the many monasteries in Catalunia. The area is well kept, I learned a lot also with the audio self guided tour. The entrance was difficult to find, it's a good thing we didn't give up to find it. Outside, there is a small cafe that serves excellent coffee and the famous catalunia bread. High recommended.

2  Thank mrsprzrldn
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

There are two monasteries that I'd include as a must if you have a day to spare on a road trip between Catalonia (Barcelona/Tarragona) and Valencia. One is Santes Creus Monastery and the other one is Poblet. I had them both in my road atlas as points of high interest. They indeed were. Both 13th century, relatively small monasteries. If you have time to visit only one of them, plan on Santes Creus. It is more vivid and it has an audio-visual tour translated into many languages, including "traditional" European ones, as French, German, and even into Russian. We were visiting in the end of May and the place was not crowded at all. So we could watch an exciting audio-visual almost alone. It was included into the entry price of 4.50 euros (general fee).
Its schedule varies by month, but in general, it is closed on Mondays, and it wouldn't be open later than 5pm off-season months.
Besides the audio visual, there are no detailed information, so as always, I'd suggest reading up on history before the visit.
2-3 hours would probably be enough for you to enjoy this ancient place and have a relaxing time in the shade (if you're traveling in the summer).

1  Thank amishka
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