Day Trip Rucksack
Small 10L day trip and museums rucksack
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.
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.
The Pedralbes Monastery has undertaken work to improve accessibility and now has an access ramp at the monastery entrance with an elevator to reach the first floor cloister.
There are no bicycle anchorage points near to the monastery.
The Monastery has a locker room for over sized bags. When I visited, I was allowed inside with my small 10L museum rucksack.
Address: Baixada del Monestir 9, Barcelona. 08032
Nearest FGC is Reina Elisenda on the dark blue (L12) line.Public Transport Guide
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