The Romanic monastery of Poble Espanyol opens its doors to the public
Located on the highest point of the village, visits to the interior of the monastery, which dates from 1929, are now included in the general entry ticket
The Monastery of Sant Miquel, one of the more emblematic buildings of Poble Espanyol, has opened its doors for the first time. From the 11th of July onwards, visitors with general entry tickets may now visit the interior of the premises.
Built as part of the Barcelona Expo (International Exposition) of 1929, partially collapsed in 1993 and re-inaugurated in October of 1997, the building comprises elements of a number of Catalan monasteries of the era. The portal is from Santa Maria de Porqueres, in Pla de l’Estany, the floor is inspired by that of Sant Sebastià de Montmajor, in Caldes de Montbui, the cloister, from the 10th century Benedictine monastery in Sant Benet de Bages and the bell tower is a replica of the one in Sant Genís de Taradell. The frescoes on the walls of the monastery are the work of Malaga-born painter Rafael Padilla (1878-1961).
Located on the outskirts of Poble Espanyol, but connected by a bridge (also Romanic), the monastery is situated on the highest point of the village, offering wonderful views of Barcelona.
Publication date: Thursday, 18 July 2013