Pedralbes Monastry - Barcelona

In the heart of Barcelona, this site has not only managed to keep important works of art but also the authenticity of a calm atmosphere of meditation. The Santa Maria de Pedralbes was founded at the early XIVth century at the initiative of Elisenda de Montcada, fourth and last spouse of king Jaume II. Although it has become part of the History Museum of Barcelona, it housed the community of Clare monks. Their presence helped keeping the monastic atmosphere in a place of solitude and spiritual retreat, precept of a religious community's life. The monastery is an excellent example of the innovations brought by the gothic style in Catalonia. The participation of Ramon Despuig and Berenguer de Montagut, authors of the Santa Maria del Mar church which is an emblematic work of the gothic past of Barcelona, shows the blossoming of this particular style. The single nave church is topped with totally gothic quadripartite rib vaults. The three storey cloister is the most spectacular place of the building. The galleries of the two lower floors open to the garden with gothic arches supported by fluted columns. Around the cloister are the refectory, the dormitory where the Thyssen Bornemisza collection is, the chapter house and the abbey. In the San Miguel chapel, located between the church and the cloister, you can admire wall paintings made by Ferrer Bassa in 1343. The sepulchre of Queen Elisenda has been recently renovated and opened to public. Made of alabaster, it is one of the most remarkable funeral sculptures of catalan gothic. The monastery also posesses a collection of stained glass windows from the XIVth century which has kept their original lead, exceptionnal fact in Spain.

To see: the yard; To do: discover the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection including works by Fra Angelico, Rubens, Canaletto, Tintoretto and Velasquez. A part of the premises are closed to public because it is reserved for the nuns.


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Address : 9, Baixada del Monestir Barcelona Spain

Phone : 34932039282

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