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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)
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+34 932 56 34 34
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 hidden jewel

If you like art and architecture, then this is a must! It is a bit outside of the tourist radar, so you'll see none of the crowds that flood to the city center. The cloister is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Girona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like art and architecture, then this is a must! It is a bit outside of the tourist radar, so you'll see none of the crowds that flood to the city center. The cloister is simply beautiful, and the monastery also.hosts a nice art collection. Be sure to.visit on sunday starting from 3 PM: it's free.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

unconvinience its a bit far from the classic touring downtown , but if staying for a few days it's worth to see the art collection and the building itself, Great fresco from Bassa our catalan Giotto

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Monastery is a bit out of the city center, but still easy to reach by underground or hop-on hop-off bus. The Monastery is a peaceful place, worth while to visit and to get a different view of Barcelona away from the hordes of tourists.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful in a word. Take the audio tour and you won't be disappointed. Such a peaceful and spiritual place.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there 2/1/17 and they were closed --I think the hours are 10-2 during the winter and longer on weekends. (Double check this information and they change seasonally) . Stellar idea: You could jump off the blue or red sit on top buses and first visit the lovely neighborhood called Sarra that is the stop before it on both buses.... More 

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Bushey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

An interesting and relaxing visit, slightly outside of Barcelona city centre but easy to get to. The exhibits were interesting but the text is all in Spanish (English language audio is available, along with many other languages) and the gardens are particularly lovely.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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 20 November 2016

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 9 November 2016

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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