Monasterio de Santa Maria de Pedralbes : Michelin's recommendations
Founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada, it has housed a community of nuns of the Order of St. Clare since the 14C. Monestir Square opens out in front of the main entrance to the church, a spacious building with a single nave and side chapels, housing the tomb of Queen Elisenda. Inside, it is only possible to visit the part not reserved for the religious community. On the side façade of the monastery, you can see the buttresses of the church and the steeple in the shape of a prism which so impressed Le Corbusier. To the right, a staircase climbs to the fortified gate, the tower of which housed the convent's prison. The cloister is a magnificent example of 14C Catalan Gothic architecture and is on three levels. The two lower ones, with lancet arches, resting on fluted columns, surround a marvellous garden of orange and palm trees. In the gallery of the cloister, a few cells and outbuildings are open to the public. Do not miss, to the right of the entrance, Saint Michael's Chapel, a small room with walls covered in marvellous murals (1346) by Ferrer Bassa. Nor should you miss the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection (part of the Thyssen Museum in Madrid) displayed in an old nuns' dormitory and the main drawing room of the Palace. It consists of 72 pictures and 8 sculptures (from the Middle Ages to the 18C) with a basically religious theme. You can admire in particular The Virgin of Humility, a masterpiece by Fra Angelico, as well as some very interesting portraits, with many examples from various schools from the 15C to the 18C.
- Address : Baixada del Monestir 9 E - 08034 Barcelona08034Barcelona
- Phone : 932039282
- Prices : 7 € (-16 years old free of charge)