A capital in the monastery cloister

A magical evening in one of the largest Gothic cloisters in the world

The Monastery of Pedralbes to open its doors to the public on Tuesdays and Friday evenings from 5 June to 14 September.

 

The Magical Hour is how the Royal Monastery of Pedralbes calls its proposal for this summer, when it will open up one of the largest Gothic cloisters in the world to the public. And magical is exactly the right word to describe the experience of spending an evening in the calm and tranquility of a space like this, contemplating the beauty of its columns, capitals and galleries.

Admission is free and opening hours will be from 6 to 9pm. The cloister consists of two galleries with twenty-six columns on each side, made of nummulitic stone (limestone with the remains of fossils), and a third floor, which was erected later as a partition. The capitals are decorated with highly stylized leaves and the heraldic shields of the Royal House and the House of Montcada. The main living spaces of the monastery are located around the cloister (the chapter room, the abbey, the infirmary, the refectory, bedroom...), though visitors will only have access to the cloister itself. The monastery was founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda of Montcada, with the support of her husband, King James II, and is a fine example of Catalan Gothic architecture.

Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Thursday, 31 May 2018
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