The monastery was built in the early 14th century by order of James II of Aragon and his wife Elisenda of Montcada. It took about a year to construct, which explains the architectural uniformity of its Catalan Gothic style.
Until 1983, the place was still inhabited by nuns, but after they were relocated it was turned into part of the History Museum of Barcelona. Walking in the heart of the building takes you back in time several centuries. Pass through the two huge doors of the medieval wall and wander between the original buildings.
The tomb of the monastery's founder lies in the church, further enticing you to visit this part of the edifice, transformed into a museum. Do not miss the San Miquel chapel either, accessible through the cloister. It was decorated by the famous Catalan painter Jaume Ferrer Bassa. Temporary exhibits enrich the visit, and guided tours are available.
Royal Monastery of Pedralbes
Baixada del Monestir 9
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