POBLET MONASTERY & PRIORAT TOUR
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE MONTSERRAT & POBLET MONASTERY TOUR⇢
Early departure around 8:00am from Barcelona to the Montserrat region (approximately 1 hour of travel).
Visit to Montserrat Monastery
We will arrive at the Monstserrat Monastery, a place with more than a thousand years of construction, for a tour of the basilica and the other buildings that make up the monastery: an open-air museum. The Basilica stands out for its 12 meter high organ and more than 4,200 tubes. Now we will enter the Museum of Montserrat, where we will see art works by El Greco, Miró, Dalí, Tápies and Picasso.
Nexy, we will go up to the Sant Joan Funicular, to the upper stop, and we will have one of the best views of the monastery, and if the weather permits it, we can even have great views of all of Catalonia.
We will walk other rocky trails on foot to contemplate fabulous views of the Montserrat National Park, and the Monastery. Now it will be time to have a break for lunch.
Visit Poblet’s Monastery
After our Montserrat Tour, now we will head to another of the most most impressive icons of Catalonia, the POBLET’S MONASTERY. On the way, we will make a stop in the medieval village of Montblanc.
After another break for lunch, we will arrive at the Monastery of Poblet, a Cistercian abbey declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. A large architectural ensemble with almost 1000 years of history, among the 3 largest and most complete in the world. The architectural complex offer us an unparalleled visit. Return to Barcelona.
After finishing our tour of Montserrat, we now turn. On the way, we will make a stop in the town of MONTBLANC, a medieval vila, which preserves its cobbled streets and part of the wall that surrounds the city.
POBLET’S MONASTERY is a Cistercian abbey declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. A great architectural ensemble with almost 1000 years of history, among the 3 largest and most complete in the world, that surrounds the church built in the 12th century and linked to a fortified royal residence. We can see, still a community of 140 monks living in the monastery.
The architectural complex offers us an unparalleled visit, in which we can see the dining room and the library, which preserves the original roof of the 13th century cruiser; the chapter room; the old kitchen or the old living room bedroom among many other spaces.
After the visit, we will go back to Barcelona
INFORMATION OF MONSERRAT AND VILLA SITGES
Monserrat and its History
The sanctuary has its historical origin in the hermitage of Santa Maria that Count Wifredo el Velloso donated to the monastery of Ripoll in 888.
In 1025, Oliba, abbot of Ripoll and bishop of Vic, was the founder of a new monastery in the hermitage of Santa María de Montserrat. In a very short time, the small monastery had pilgrims and visitors, these contributed to make known among the villagers the stories of miracles and wonders that the Virgin worked.
In 1409, the monastery became an independent monastery. Between 1493 and 1835, a time of great growth reforms, Montserrat was part of the Congregation of Valladolid.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the monastery becomes a cultural center of the first order. Great composers leave the monastery’s music school.
Later, the Napoleonic war and the confiscation of 1835 turned it into destruction and abandonment. But in 1844 the restoration of monastic life began and in 1881, at the Feast of the Coronation of the Image of the Virgin, she was proclaimed as Patroness of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII
In the Spanish Civil War, abandonment was experienced again in the monastery. But, the Government of Catalonia preserved Montserrat from looting and destruction.
Poblet Monastery and its History
It was founded in 1150 by order of Count Ramón Berenguer IV. The first monks to stay were Cistercians and were originally from the Abbey of Fontfroide, in France. The monastery always had the protection of the Crown of Aragon and important noble families, lived its peak after the construction of the Royal Pantheon (1340) by order of Peter the Ceremonious. He himself, and other great kings, lie there.
With the descent of the Royal House of Aragon, the loss of monks and, especially, the confiscation of Mendizábal in 1835, the monastery fell in total abandonment and was stripped. But, in 1940 a group of Cistercian monks from Italy recovered the monastic life and made it reborn (currently lives a community of 25 Benedictine monks). Rebuilt and protected by UNESCO.
The Montserrat Museum is made up of six different collections. The exhibits, are more than 1,300 pieces, cover a very wide chronological period. His oldest piece is an Egyptian sarcophagus of the 21st century BC. C., and with less antiquity, a painting by Sean Scully, La Montaña d’Oisin (2010) donated by the artist who made it.
The sarcophagus is part of the Archeology collection of the Biblical East, also with other objects representative of the cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, the Holy Land and Cyprus.
Scully’s work is located in the Painting exhibition of the 19th and 20th centuries, of the best collections of Catalan painting. There is also a representation of French Impressionism and a sample of graphic works by painters of striking fame who belong to contemporary aesthetics.
Funicular of Sant Joan
In the Funicular de Sant Joan you can see stunning panoramic views of the Montserrat mountain, at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. In the station that is at the top of Sant Joan you can go through the Natura Classroom to learn about the history of the mountain, its climatic characteristics and its flora and fauna.
And at the top, visitors can do some of the excursions or walks that are marked, with different levels of difficulty and duration, so they adapt to all audiences.
Monastery of Poblet
Located in the region of Conca de Barberà (Tarragona), it is one of the most important abbeys in Catalonia. Not surprisingly, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1991. Although it is still inhabited by a community of almost thirty monks, a good part of the spaces of the enormous monastic complex are open to the public. In this post we tell you its story, we tell you about the journey through the interior and we provide all the practical details to plan your visit.
DATES OF THE MONTSERRAT & POBLET MONASTERY TOUR ≔
All year except Christmas, New Year and St. Stephen
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE MONTSERRAT & POBLET MONASTERY TOUR ♥
•Private vehicle transfer or Minibus
• Guide throughout the tour
• Visit to montserrat Monastery
• Visit to the Montserrat Museum
• Sant Joan funicular ticket
• Visit to Poblet Monastery
CONDITIONS AND CANCELLATION POLICY ☜
- Maximum capacity: 15 people.
- Meeting point: Pick up at the Hotel of Hospedaje.
- It is essentialto have received the reservation confirmation.
1-day tours are cancelable up to 24 hours before.
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