Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

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Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

Founded in the 14th century and built in the purest Catalan Gothic architectural style, the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes is one of the city's most important historical buildings. It is a beautiful open space which includes an interesting museum featuring liturgical objects and prized works of art.

The community of Clarissa Nuns

The Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes is one of the most representative and valuable examples of Gothic architecture in Barcelona. Founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda of Montcada to support the Clarissa Nuns, it was opened to the public in 1983 as a museum and place of cultural interest. Today, one of the monastery's main attractions is the insight the museum provides into the everyday lives of the community of Clarissa nuns, where you can even walk through their dormitories, the refectory and other rooms.

Medieval splendour

The monastery buildings, which have been declared a site of national historical interest, form a small redoubt in the city that maintains a rural feel. The single-nave church houses the tomb of Queen Elisenda, featuring a reclining statue that depicts her sleeping peacefully. The three-storey high cloister, around which the monastery is built, is believed to be the largest Gothic cloister in the world, and boasts the beautiful medieval garden where medicinal herbs are grown. The monastery, one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Catalonia, enables all those who wish to, to discover its history and enjoy a mystical setting in the city.

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