Saturday, 3 July 2010

Monestir de pedralbes

Described by many as one of Barcelonas hidden treasures. The Pedralbes Monastery located in Les Corts is one of the city's most interesting examples of Catalan Gothic architecture.
The initiator Queen Elisenda built the Monastery as a retreat for herself after her husband Jaume II's death .

The cloister's three-story structure hosts the museum, showing the remains of the nuns' everyday lives. The collections include paintings, ceramics, furniture, gold- and silverware and textiles.


As you enter the cloister look at the broken paving stones, tracks made during Napoleons occupation of Barcelona 1809, when the nunnery was turned into barracks


How to get there:
The nearest metro station is Palau Reial. From there Avinguda de Pedralbes will take you all the way to the Monastery.