The Monastery of Pedralbes
It’s not easy to find a place of silence in Barcelona during the summer months. The city is buzzing with life and wherever you go, something is always happening. A party here and a concert there. But when we walk into the Monastery of Pedralbes, an oasis of calm, peaceful silence, unfolds before us. The old stone walls hide the beautiful patio from the outside world. The trees and herbs planted in the garden look fresh and green in the summer heat. The old stone benches in the shade make for the perfect place to relax for a while or read your book. In the city of Barcelona, this old monastery is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle you will experience in the centre.
The Pedralbes Monastery was founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada and her husband King James II of Aragon. Most nuns who lived in the monastery came from noble families, families that often donated beautiful religious artworks to the monastery. The queen made sure that the monastery had the protection of the city of Barcelona in case of danger. A palace was built next to the monastery and Queen Elisenda lived there after the death of her husband.
The architecture of the cloister is done in Catalan Gothic style. The building has three floors and there is a central garden in the middle. Stone arches and columns line the sides of the building. Apart from the garden and the beautiful building itself, you can still see the kitchen of the monastery, some cells that nuns used for praying, the chapel and the infirmary. There is also an exhibition of the beautiful artworks that were collected here in the monastery over the years, including paintings and sculptures.
Until 1983, the monastery was inhabited by nuns. After that is was converted into the museum it now is. The monastery of Pedralbes is a great place to visit, wether you are looking for a peaceful getaway or to see one of Barcelona’s historical treasures, it’s beauty and tranquillity can captivate anyone.
To visit the Pedralbes Monastery:
Address: Baixada del monestir, 9
In summer, Tuesday to Friday from 10AM to 5PM
Saturday from 10AM to 7PM
Sunday from 10AM to 8PM
Entrance fee: 5 euro, free admission on the first Sunday of the month and every Sunday after 3PM
How to get there:
Metro L3, Maria Cristina or Palau Reial