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Monestir de Pedralbes

  • Baixada Monestir 9 Map It
  • Pedralbes
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/10/2014

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This marvel of a monastery, named for its original white stones (pedres albes), is really a convent, founded in 1326 for the Franciscan order of Poor Clares by Reina (Queen) Elisenda. The three-story Gothic cloister, one of the finest in Europe, surrounds a lush garden. The day cells, where the nuns spend their mornings praying, sewing, and studying, circle the arcaded courtyard. The queen's own cell, the Capella de Sant Miquel, just to the right of the entrance,

has murals painted in 1346 by Catalan master Ferrer Bassa. Look for the letters spelling out "Joan no m'oblides" ("John, do not forget me.") scratched between the figures of St. Francis and St. Clare (with book and quill), written by a brokenhearted novice. Farther along, inscriptions over the tombs of nuns who died here can be seen through the paving grates. The nuns' upstairs dormitory contains the convent's treasures: paintings, liturgical objects, and seven centuries of artistic and cultural patrimony. Temporary exhibits are displayed in this space. The refectory where the Poor Clares dined in silence has a pulpit used for readings, while wall inscriptions exhort "Silentium" ("Silence"), "Audi tacens" ("Listening makes you wise."), and "Considera morientem" ("Consider, we are dying."). Notice the fading mural in the corner, and the paving tiles broken by heavy cannon positioned here during the 1809 Napoleonic occupation. Your ticket also includes admission to Museu d'Història de la Ciutat, Centre d'Interpretació del Park Güell, Centre d'Interpretació del Call, Centre d'Interpretació Històrica, Refugi 307, and Museu-Casa Verdaguer.

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Sight Information

Address:

Baixada Monestir 9, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08034, Spain

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Phone:

93-2563434

Sight Details:

  • €7; free Sun. after 3 pm
  • Oct.–Mar., Tues.–Fri. 10–2, Sat.–Sun. 10–5; Apr.–Sept., Tues.–Fri. 10–5, Sat.10–7, Sun. 10–8

Updated 03/10/2014

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