Monastery of Pedralbes

  • Architecture

The Royal Monastery of St. Mary of Pedralbes is today a testament to the cultural heritage and unique history of the community of the religious order, which has inhabited its grounds without interruption through the present day.

Basic Info
Carrer Baixada del Monestir, 9

Metro: L3 (Green) - Maria Cristina & Palau Reial

FGC (Ferrocarrils): L12 - Reina Elisenda

Bus: H4, 63,68 & 78
Handicap-accessible facilities

The building itself constitutes one of the best standing examples of Catalonian Gothic architecture, not only in the design of the church but also in the three-story cloisters, one of the most spacious and harmonious displays of this style anyway. The church interior houses the tomb of the Queen Elisenda, which auspiciously has two sides: one that faces the church, showing her image in the dress of a proper sovereign, and the other looking onto the cloisters, where we see her as a widow and penitent. Other noteworthy elements on site are the 14th century stained-glass windows, the various tombs of noble families, and the three church choirs: high, low, and central, for the friars.

Inside the monastery you can see the living quarters where the members of the order once slept. Your visit is not complete without a tour of St. Michael’s Chapel, commissioned in 1343, and stops at the Chapter House, the Abbey Room, the Refectory, the Kitchen, the Storeroom, the Dormitory, and the Infirmary.

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