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Monasterio de Pedralbes

The cloister of the Pedralbes Monastery in Barcelona Spain

Monaster of Pedralbes

Monasterio de Santa Maria de Pedralbes in Barcelona: all the information to visit the Pedralbes monastery in Barcelona.

Pedralbes Monastery in Barcelona

Address Baixada del monestir 9 Barcelona
Metro From the stops Maria Cristina or Palau Reial (L3), it's almost a fifteen-minute walk to the monastery. The Bus Touristic's blue route stops nearby or bus line 22, 63, 64, 75 and 78.
  • Adults 5.00 €
  • 0 - 16 years: free entry
  • 16 - 30 years and 65+ 3.50 €
Opening hours

Winter November 19 - April 17
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday from 3 p.m., free entrance.

Summer April 18 - November 18
Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (from 3 p.m., free admission)

Closed: Every Monday, January 1, Good Friday, May 1, June 24 and December 25

The monastery of Pedralbes ('Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes') is a Gothic monastery in Barcelona. Today it is a museum that is accessible to the public. The museum offers insight into monastic life during the middle ages. The monastery is located on the north-west edge of the city (near Finca Güell) and does not get many tourists. If you're in Barcelona for an extended stay, it's certainly worth to visit this surprising attraction and sea of tranquillity.

Monasterio de Pedralbes Barcelona
Monaster of Pedralbes Barcelona

History of Monasterio de Pedralbes

In 1327, the very pious Elisenda de Montcada (the fourth and final wife of James II) commissioned the construction of a monastery for a female Franciscan order, the Clarisses. The name 'Pedralbes' comes from Latin and refers to 'petras albas', white stones. For centuries the Pedralbes monastery was closed to outsiders, but in 1972 Barcelona's municipal government and the nuns agreed to hand the monastery over to the city, so it could be used as a museum. In return, the city would build a new monastery for the nuns. The old monastery finally opened its doors in 1983, after many years of restoration work. You can visit the monastery's many areas, such as the herb garden, the kitchen, the old dormitories with an exhibition/museum about the monastery relics and various chapels. Together with the adjacent monastic church, this is one of the hidden gems to visit on your Barcelona city break.

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Where is the monastery in Barcelona?

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