Pedralbes Monastery

Pedralbes Monastery
Pedralbes Monastery
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This work of Catalan Gothic art is located in the city of Barcelona, in one of its most luxurious residential neighbourhoods, such as is the one of Pedralbes. At present, the monastery no longer fulfills the function of housing a religious community, but instead it has been transformed into a medieval art museum one of the most important that can be visited in the Catalan capital.

Pedralbes Monastery

Pedralbes Monastery

Of the medieval construction the most interesting thing that has survived to our days is the great cloister that has three levels in height, and was built at the beginning of the 14th century. In the same cloister there is also the Chapel of San Miguel, decorated with mural paintings from the mid-14th century by the artist Ferrer Bassa, one of the first Catalan painters on whom there is documentation, in addition to being one of the introducers in Hispanic lands of the style of Sienese Gothic painting typical of artists such as Simone Martini or Duccio Buoninsegna, authors of paintings as emblematic as The Annunciation or the Maestá.

Very close to that chapel is also the tomb of Queen Elisenda, founder of the female convent that was always Pedralbes.

As in all medieval monasteries, the cloister serves to articulate the entire interior space of the monastery and the life ofthe nuns who lived here. For this reason, here on the lowest level the most functional rooms of monastic life are restored. That is to say, there is the refectory or dining room, and next to it the kitchens. What were once the stables and warehouses are also distinguished. While on the next floor there are still some of the cells that served as rooms for the nuns.

Although these were not the only rooms for the nuns. Also on the upper floor there were more bedrooms, which have now disappeared and in their place there is a huge living room. This room is the one chosen to show the best works of art that the monastery still treasures. The vast majority of it is Gothic art created by Catalan painters and sculptors, although there are also works by Flemish artists from the 16th century, which at the time were bought by the community of nuns, the vast majority of whom came from we althy families in Barcelona and its surroundings.

The monumental complex of Pedralbes is complemented by the church, also in Gothic style, but extremely sober. And what used to be the orchards of the monastery, now converted into a park, is also maintained.

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