Pedralbes Monastery, exterior
Original Country
Catalonia (Catalunya)
Sorting Title
Pedralbes Monastery, exterior
14th, 15th
Style Genre
Gothic, Catalan Gothic
Original Location

Barcelona, Spain

Historical Context

Elisenda de Montcada, queen of Aragon and fourth wife of King Jaume II purchased
the manor of Pedralbes (lat.: petras albas = white stones) from Admiral Bernat de Sarria, and used the land to found a monastery to which she retired when the king died in 1327, and from which she continued to participate in the affairs of court. THE CLOISTER (on the right) is three stories high, with twenty-six columns on each side, making it one of the largest Gothic cloisters in the world. The main level was built in the 14th century, the second level was added in 1419, and the third later in the 15th century. THE CHURCH (on the left) is a typical example of the Catalan Gothic style, featuring massive walls with little ornamentation. It is a single nave, with side chapels. The monastery was declared a national historic and artistic monument in 1931. The ajuntament of Barcelona purchased the cloister from the nuns in 1972, building them a new cloister nearby, and converting the old cloister into a museum.

Current Repository

Barcelona, Spain

Photo Credit
Marie Kelleher
Image of Pedralbes Monastery, exterior.