Pedralbes Monastery founded by queen Elisenda now a museum
Updated: 13 Oct 2021
by: Barcelona Travel Hacks
Summary: Former monastery Founded by King James II of Aragon in 1326. 3 tier courtyard garden and preserved rooms such as the kitchens, dining hall, basement and Church.
Address: Baixada del Monestir 9, Barcelona. 08032
Summary of Prices:
|Train/Bus Fare||Entry Ticket||Additional Information|
|Adult||Zone 1 T-casual||€ 5.00||Students upto 30 Years, Over 65 years, 3.50 Euros|
|Child||T-familiar||FREE||For under 16 Years|
|Group/Family Ticket: 10+ People 3.50 Euros.|
|Notes: Closed Mondays.|
|Free day: Free 1st sunday of month from 10h.|
About Pedralbes Monastery Museum:
The monastery was founded by King James II of Aragon for his wife Elisenda de Montcada in 1326. It housed a community of nuns, mostly members of noble families. The queen gave the monastery a series of privileges, including the direct protection of the city of Barcelona, through the Consell de Cent (Council of the Hundred), who had the task to defend it in case of danger.
Elisenda also built a palace annexed to the monastery, where she lived after her husband's death in 1327. She died there in 1367. The remains of the palace were discovered in the 1970s.
The cloister has three floors, and a length of 40 meters, with a central garden of orange trees and palms. It is formed by wide arches on columns, whose capitals are decorated with the emblems of the Kings of Aragon and the House of Montcada. The sepulchre of Queen Elisenda, in alabaster stone, is located in one of the cloister's wings.
Also notable is the Chapel of St. Michael, housing several fresco paintings by Ferrer Bassa. Dating to 1346, they show the influence of the Italian painter Giotto.
Visiting Pedralbes Monastery Museum:
Today the monastery is a museum. Opening times and prices can be found on the website. When I visited on a weekday in the morning I paid five euros and there were no queues.
Pedralbes Monastery opening hours
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00h to 14:00h.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00h to 17:00h.
Holiday's: 10:00h to 14:00h.
Tickets are sold up to an hour before closing time.
Getting To Pedralbes Monastery Museum:
Nearest FGC is Reina Elisenda on the dark blue (L12) line.
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