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Santes Creus (Alt Camp)

Of the three Cistercian monasteries Santes Creus is the one that more faithfully reproduces the construction plan bernardino .

It is one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian monastic ensembles that we can visit today. Founded in 1168 , protected by the nobility and kings , he became a spiritual center, of studies and colonization of the territory . Monastic life continued uninterrupted until 1835 .

The church, sober and imposing architecture, has the royal tombs of Peter the Great and Jaime II and his wife Blanca of Anjou , as well as Grand Admiral Roger de Llúria . We can also admire the Cistercians and Gothic windows and a Baroque altarpiece by José de Tremulles.

Also highlight the chapter house, the scriptorium , the great monks' dormitory and the Gothic cloister ( s . XIV) attributed to English Reinart des Fonoll , elegantly sculptured decoration .

Scenographic and audiovisual "The world of the Cistercians " , considered among the best in Europe of its kind , assembly gives a very full and fascinating idea of ​​the Order and its legacy.


Tuesday to Sunday , including holidays .

From 1 October to 31 May : from 10.00 to 17.00 (+30')

From 1 June to 30 September : from 10.00 to 18.30 (+30')

Closed on non-holiday Mondays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.

The ticket office and entrance close 30 minutes before the time limit .


Poblet (Conca de Barberà)


The Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet is located in the region of the Conca de Barbera, between the towns of Vimbodí, municipality to which it belongs, and L'Espluga de Francolí, sheltered on the northern slopes of the mountains of Prades, in a beautiful place where abundant sources manan and where the great forest mass Poblet forest, varied and lush vegetation, which had been one of the many possessions of the monastery (since 1984 Natural site of National Interest). The name derives from Latin Mall (Populetum). Poblet is an impressive architectural complex and can be counted among the most important monastic monuments in Europe. In addition to the magnificent church, an outstanding example of Cistercian art, almost all the buildings that were built according to the needs of a community in full vitality and expansion and protection of the sovereigns of the Catalan-Aragonese confederation remain: especially since Pedro III the Ceremonious (1336-1387) made the monastery royal pantheon of the dynasty.

Poblet is the largest monastery of the Cistercian Route and the two men is the only one that preserves community of monks . In 1991 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


From October 13 to March 15

Monday to Saturday from 10 to 24:30 and 15 to 5:25 p.m. Sundays and holidays:

from 10.30 to 12.25 and 15 to 5:25 p.m.

From 16 March to 12 October

Monday to Saturday 10 a12.30h and 15 to 5:55 p.m. Sundays and holidays:

From 10.30 to 12.25 and 15 to 5:25 p.m.

** Special days in the monastery sightseeing tour begins at 10:45 h.

*** Closed: June 29, 25 and 26 December , 1 January and afternoons days : January 6 , Holy Thursday , Good Friday and Easter Monday


Vallbona de les Monges (Urgell)

The first news of the monastery dating from 1153, but it was not until 1176 when plenamenicos joined .

Santa Maria de Vallbona de les Monges is a Cistercian monastery located in the town of Vallbona de les Monges in Urgell

This is the only female monastery of the Route and the only one that has continuously kept the community for over 850 years, unless , of course , times of war. Vallbona is a beautiful monastery. Reduced and endowed with a unique beauty dimensions, it is the clearest example of the importance of women in the age medieval.En history found a abaciologio full of daughters of the Catalan nobility . The monastery , we highlight the two Gothic domes , the largest of which rests all elpeso on the nave of the church . One of the most important features of the monastery is that we can stay thanks to its careful hostelry. It was declared a historic monument in 1931 .

The church is a clear example of Romanesque-Gothic transition. The Latin cross plan consists of a single nave and three rectangular apses with sculptural ornamentation. Each of the galleries of the cloister is a different style : Arab , Romanesque and Gothic . The chapter (XIV century) houses an image of Our Lady of Mercy (XV century).


Winter: 1 November to 28 February. Saturday from 10.30 to 13.30 h and from 16.30 to 17.30 h.Sunday, from 12 to 13.30 h and from 16.30 to 17.30 h.

Summer: From March 1 to October 31.Saturday from 10.30 to 13.30 h and 16.30 h to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, from 12 to 13.30 h and from 16.30 to 18.30 .


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