Pedralbes Monastery

From: Barcelona Travel Guide

See also: Guell PavilionsSagrada Familia

Pedralbes Monastery
The Pedralbes Monastery complex features several areas of interest from its Gothic architecture that can be clearly seen throughout the cloister to the church and monastery.

The Monastery was founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada who's tomb is also located within and has several areas open to the public with a tour around the monastery shedding some light into what life would have been like within these walls.

The cloister contains three floors and has a tranquil central garden which has a fountain surrounded by plenty of plants and trees such as palm trees and orange trees.

Some of the areas of interest within the monastery include the small Chapel of St. Michael which has colourful frescoes by the artist Ferrer Bassa from around 1343, the refectory which has a vaulted ceiling, the kitchen which contains colourful tiles on some of its surfaces, the infirmary and some of the nun's day cells.

Within the former dormitory is now a museum which houses several objects dating back through the centuries including pieces of religious art, furniture, silverware and textiles as well as paintings from notable artists such as Rubens and Velazquez.

The Pedralbes Monastery is located within the Pedralbes district of Barcelona, just over half a mile from the Guell Pavilions.

Travel Guide
The monastery can be reached by subway station Palau Reial (Line 3) which approximately 1 mile south of the monastery. Alternatively there are several busses that stop close to the Pedralbes Monastery (22, 63, 64, 75, N7 and 68).