Monastery of Pedralbes, Barcelona
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Monastery of Pedralbes - Enjoy the Seclusion

Now a museum, Monastery of Pedralbes displays art works collected by the monastery since its inception in the 14th century and also hosts temporary exhibitions.

It is a quiet spot, at least it was on the day we visited. You can stroll around the collonaded cloisters and spend a bit of time in the garden.

Monastery of Pedralbes
The monastery gate.

I’m not sure how many renovations and extensions have been carried out since the monastery was founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada as a home for the Poor Clare Sisters, an order of Franciscan nuns. 

What you see here now is reportedly the largest Gothic colonaded cloister, the small cells where the nuns secluded themselves, a chapel with 14th Century frescoes (St Michael’s Chapel), the dormitory and kitchen – all draped around the quiet central garden where, if you are in the mood, you can pause and do your own reflections.

The frescoes in St Michael’s Chapel have recently been restored. You can watch a fascinating video and read an article about the restoration.

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