Monestir De Pedralbes, Barcelona

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    Architectural details of Santa Maria de Besalu

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 26, 2014

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    In front of the Royal Monastery of Saint Mary of Pedralbes founded in 1327 you shall be ably to observe some architectural elements of much earlier monastery of Santa Maria de Besalu brought here from Catalan county of Besalu in XIV century. Unfortunately only main facade of the convent survived till nowadays. Some capitals of the columns you can also see in the National Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona. That premise is closed for the public. You can just enjoy observing these beautiful exteriors made in XII century.

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    Monastery

    by Oleg_D. Updated Feb 26, 2014

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    Royal Monastery of Saint Mary of Pedralbes was founded in 1327 by the Queen of Aragon Elisenda de Montcada with the support of her husband King James II (Jaime II). Church and cloister were built in first half of XIV century. Cloister is the museum now. In fact this is the part of Museum of History of Barcelona also known as MUHBA.
    Church is no a museum. Church still belongs to the Order of the nuns of Saint Clare and it is open for two hours daily. So plan your visit in advance in order not to miss this pearl of Catalan Gothic and Christian culture.
    The sepulcher of Elisenda the Queen Consort of Aragon and Sicily is situated here because after the deaf of her husband she become the nun and died here in this monastery in 1367. One side of the Queen’s tomb, where the figure of Elisenda is shown as the widow is in the cloister, but other side where she is shown as the Queen of Aragon and Sicily is in the church or on another side of the wall.
    IMPORTANT WARNING: Visiting the church you should remember that this is not a part of the museum as the cloister is. So plan your visit in advance in order not to miss this pearl of Catalan Gothic and Christian culture.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Regular ticket 10 euros.

    Opening hours of museum in the cloister:
    From October 1 through March 31:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (admission is free after 15:00)
    From April 1 through September 30:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
    Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00 (admission is free after 15:00)
    Closed on Mondays.

    Opening hours of the church:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    Monastery Church

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 25, 2014

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    Royal Monastery of Saint Mary of Pedralbes was founded in 1327 by the Queen of Aragon Elisenda de Montcada with the support of her husband King James II (Jaime II). Church was built in first half of XIV century. This is big, typical Gothic, one nave church with side chapels.
    The sepulcher of Elisenda the Queen Consort of Aragon and Sicily is situated here because after the deaf of her husband she become the nun and died here in this monastery in 1367. One side of the Queen’s tomb, where the figure of Elisenda is shown as the widow is in the cloister, but other side where she is shown as the Queen of Aragon and Sicily is in the church or on another side of the wall.
    IMPORTANT WARNING: Visiting the church you should remember that this is not a part of the museum as the cloister is. Church still belongs to the Order of the nuns of Saint Clare and it is open for two hours daily. So plan your visit in advance in order not to miss this pearl of Catalan Gothic and Christian culture.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    Monastery Church, interiors.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 24, 2014

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    Royal Monastery of Saint Mary of Pedralbes was founded in 1327 by the Queen of Aragon Elisenda de Montcada with the support of her husband King James II (Jaime II). Church was built in first half of XIV century. This is big, typical Gothic, one nave church with side chapels.
    The sepulcher of Elisenda the Queen Consort of Aragon and Sicily is situated here because after the deaf of her husband she become the nun and died here in this monastery in 1367. One side of the Queen’s tomb, where the figure of Elisenda is shown as the widow is in the cloister, but other side where she is shown as the Queen of Aragon and Sicily is in the church or on another side of the wall.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Monastery Church, decorative bosses

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 23, 2014

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    If you have a look at the ceiling then unavoidably you will notice these decorative bosses with the scenes from Gospels, Saints and stories from the life of Virgin Mary. These polychrome bosses are real decoration of the church.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Monastery Church, Stained-Glass Windows.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 23, 2014

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    This church boasts with several excellent stained-glass windows made mostly in XIX and XX century. Although they are not as old as the church itself they are quite beautiful and interesting. There are also two so-called roses or round windows with stained-glasses in the church. They decorated by the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Aragon and Queen Consort Elisenda de Montcada.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Monastery Church, Pulpit.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 22, 2014

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    You can see the pulpit for laud reading of the Bible, Gospel and sermons on the right hand side of the church between two chapels. Pulpit is painted by polychrome plant ornament.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Monastery Church, side chapels

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 22, 2014

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    There are several excellent chapels in the side naves of the church. Traditionally as everywhere else in Medieval Europe, Aragonese aristocracy buried its dead in such side chapels. Thanks them for that because today we have true examples of fashion, arms and armor of first half of XIV century. Those chapels and especially tombs with painted effigies are invaluable sources of information for anybody who is interested in the history of middle ages.
    Visiting the church you should remember that this is not a part of the museum as the cloister is. Church still belongs to the Order of the nuns of Saint Clare and it is open for two hours daily. So plan your visit in advance in order not to miss this pearl of Catalan Gothic and Christian culture.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Monastery Church, side chapels II

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 22, 2014

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    There are several excellent chapels in the side naves of the church. Traditionally as everywhere else in Medieval Europe, Aragonese aristocracy buried its dead in such side chapels. Thanks them for that because today we have true examples of fashion, arms and armor of first half of XIV century. Those chapels and especially tombs with painted effigies are invaluable sources of information for anybody who is interested in the history of middle ages.
    Visiting the church you should remember that this is not a part of the museum as the cloister is. Church still belongs to the Order of the nuns of Saint Clare and it is open for two hours daily. So plan your visit in advance in order not to miss this pearl of Catalan Gothic and Christian culture.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Monastery Church, tomb of the Queen.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 22, 2014

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    As I already wrote in previous tip on the tombs situated in the cloister, the sepulcher of Elisenda the Queen Consort of Aragon and Sicily is situated here. One side of the Queen’s tomb, where the figure of Elisenda is shown as the widow is in the cloister, but other side where she is shown as the Queen of Aragon and Sicily is in the church or on another side of the wall.
    Visiting the church you should remember that this is no part of the museum as the cloister is. Church still belongs to the Order of the nuns of Saint Clare and it is open for two hours daily. So plan your visit in advance in order not to miss this pearl of Catalan Gothic and Christian culture.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated. Be grateful to nuns who permit visitors to see that wonderful church and who pray for all of us.
    Opening hours:
    From Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00
    Closed on Mondays

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    The Cloister.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 20, 2014

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    Cloister of that Monastery was built in first half of XIV century. Traditionally any cloister is the model of Eden and that means this is the place of solitude, contemplation, meditation and tranquility. Look at the picture and after a glance you will realize this place is ideally fit for abovementioned purposes. The capitals of all columns are decorated with the coats of arms of Elisenda de Montcada the Queen Consort of Aragon.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Regular ticket 10 euros.
    Opening hours:
    From October 1 through March 31:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (admission is free after 15:00)

    From April 1 through September 30:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
    Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00 (admission is free after 15:00)
    Closed on Mondays.

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    The Monastery Treasures.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 19, 2014

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    The exhibition of icons, statues and furniture entitled as The Monastery treasury is situated in the dormitory or the nun’s old sleeping quarters. That shows gives visitors an opportunity to admire the finest artworks collected and preserved in the monastery for last seven hundred years. We should be grateful for that to the nuns of Saint Clare or Poor Clare who are still in this monastery.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Regular ticket 10 euros.
    Opening hours:
    From October 1 through March 31:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (admission is free after 15:00)

    From April 1 through September 30:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
    Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00 (admission is free after 15:00)
    Closed on Mondays.

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    Cloister. Ceramics & Queen’s wardrobe.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 18, 2014

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    Local nuns traditionally cultivated the plant producing natural days. Those dyes were used for dyeing of textile and crockery. That’s why you can see the plates decorated with the coat of arms belonged to Queen Elisenda. You will also have a chance to observe the wardrobe of Queen Elisenda. There are some wardrobes made in XV and XVI centuries in some museums around the world but this wardrobe was made in first half of XIV century and this is real rarity.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Regular ticket 10 euros.
    Opening hours:
    From October 1 through March 31:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (admission is free after 15:00)

    From April 1 through September 30:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
    Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00 (admission is free after 15:00)
    Closed on Mondays.

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    Cloister. Chapterhouse

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 17, 2014

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    Chapter house was built in mid of XIV century. There are statues of Virgin Mary and Baby Christ and frescos with angels inside. Walls are decorated by the coats of arms of the Kingdom of Aragon, Montcada family and Queen Elisenda. Ceiling boss bears the scene of Ascension of Virgin Mary.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Regular ticket 10 euros.
    Opening hours:
    From October 1 through March 31:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (admission is free after 15:00)

    From April 1 through September 30:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
    Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00 (admission is free after 15:00)
    Closed on Mondays.

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    Cloister. Chapel of San Miguel

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 16, 2014

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    In the cloister you shall be able to visit the chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel. That small chapel was commissioned by the Abbess Francesca ca Portella. Chapel was decorated by the frescos with scenes of Annunciation, Nativity, Adoration of Magi and other from the Passions. All those frescos were painted by Catalan painter Ferrer Basa in 1343. Some people say Basa was under influence of Great Italians master such as Giotto, Lorenzetti and Martini but I believe he was under influence of Altichiero da Zevio. Unfortunately during my visit the chapel was under the restoration covered by scaffolds with the door closed by the glass. Anyway this chapel is the very good evidence that Catalan fine art of first half of XIV century were not inferior or worse than Italian.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial pictures without flash light and tripod.
    Regular ticket 10 euros.
    Opening hours:
    From October 1 through March 31:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 14:00
    Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (admission is free after 15:00)

    From April 1 through September 30:
    Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
    Sunday, 10:00 – 20:00 (admission is free after 15:00)
    Closed on Mondays.

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