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Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes

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Address: Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona, Spain (Formerly MUHBA - Monestir de Pedralbes)
Phone Number: +34 932 56 34 34
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Royal Monastery of St Mary of Pedralbes, founded in 1326 by Queen...

The Royal Monastery of St Mary of Pedralbes, founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda of Montcada, third wife of James II of Aragon, provides a unique cultural and historical record of the community of Poor Clare Nuns who lived there practically without a break from 1327 to 1982. Its artistic heritage has become a reference for the study of the customs, fashions and models of secular and religious life. The exhibitions "Petras Albas", "The Treasures of the Monastery," "Plants, Remedies and Apothecaries", "Murals in the Spotlight: the Paintings in St Michael's Chapel" as well as the restored Chapel itself, illustrate the museum complex.

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A short ride on the metro brings you to the Monestir, a welcome break from the busy city. We visited on a Sunday and it was not overcrowded. The cloister gardens were serene and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short ride on the metro brings you to the Monestir, a welcome break from the busy city. We visited on a Sunday and it was not overcrowded. The cloister gardens were serene and the art works beautiful. Also interesting was the convent living quarters of centuries past. However, the murals from the 1300s awaiting restoration, but still with gloriously... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here with a friend who lives locally. It is on the edge of the city and easily accessible by taking the metro to Palau Reial and walking up Av. Pedralbes through an upmarket residential area. The monastery is as peaceful escape from the busy city, and within it there are some excellent exhibitions covering the history of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We needed a quiet outing after being in the city for a few days and the monastery was a perfect destination. There weren't many tourists and the monastery was very pretty. A few rooms were under restoration when we went, so weren't accessible to the public. Also there was a historical exhibit only in Spanish which would have been nice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We decided to stop at the monastery when we took the Bus Turistoco Tour. The bus stops right at the corner of the street leading to the monastery. The grounds are breathtaking and the quietness was much appreciated after a day of sightseeing. The history is fascinating and you are allowed to take pictures and visit at your own pace.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Such nice and peaceful place to visit. and it's easy to reach by bus. Entry price is very reasonable. It's worth to have audio guide.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I had read about this monastery a bit and was very curious about it. With very limited time, I had to choose between this sight and a couple others in Barcelona. I definitely chose right. It is a ride from the metro and then a bit of a walk, but it certainly worth it. very well preserved and very well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This was a wonderful and unexpected sight in the suburbs of Barcelona. We took the metro and got off at Palau Reall and walked uphill about 20 minutes. The signs were easy to spot. The Monasterio was a convent founded by Queen Reina Elisenda for Clarist nuns in 1326. Inside the Monasterio (which in Spanish could mean a monastery or... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Even though it's a bit out of the way, this monastery is definitely worth a visit. The cloisters are gorgeous, as is the exhibition of the monastery's art collection upstairs. There is lots of information, with cards with English translations of the Catalan/Spanish exhibits. Even in June, when attractions like the Sagrada Familia are packed, the monastery is quiet. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This building is a little out of the central area of Barcelona but can be accessed quite easily by taxi, city bus or tourist bus. In Spanish the word "monastir" applies to both monasteries and convents and this building was founded as a convent for royal and noble ladies who were unmarried or widowed. The order of nuns still exists... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Despite the name this was actually a former convent of the Poor Clares. It was founded by a former Queen where she could retire to, possibly to avoid be used as a marriage pawn. She did not stay in the convent itself but in a palace alongside it, which she ordered demolished on her death. No nuns could thereby benefit... More 

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