Royal monastery of Santes Creus

A monument dating from 1158. The style of this emblematic monastery, one of Catalonia’s mediaeval gems, brings together samples from numerous periods, ranging from the Romanesque façade, with a large Gothic stained-glass window, to altarpieces dating from the 17th century.

The first documented dates of the monastery go back to 1158. Because of the legal and territorial disputes of the time between the Bishop of Barcelona and the Archdiocese of Tarragona, the monastery functioned without belonging to any diocese. In 1835 it was permanently abandoned by the community that resided there, today being the only one of the three that form the Cistercian Route which is uninhabited, a factor that has helped it become a cultural area.

The entire style of this emblematic monastery, one of the jewels of medieval Catalonia, collects samples from several periods, from the Romanesque façade which features a large Gothic stained-glass window, to the interior altarpieces dating from the 17th century. Among these altarpieces, the high altar is the one that dominates; it is a significant example of Baroque aesthetics, created by Josep Tremulles.

The structure of the monastery is wide and sturdy, with a cross-shaped floor plan, three naves and five adjacent chapels.

One of the most visible and emblematic elements is the monumental rose window that dominates the outside wall of the presbytery. Inside the building there are significant traces of the past of the Catalan royalty; inside, flanking the high altar, we find the sumptuous burial chambers of Pere II el Gran and Jaume II and Blanca d´Anjou.

The monastery has two cloisters. The greater one, commissioned by Jaume II in 1313, is a valuable example of medieval iconography, with capitals that decorate the columns. The layout of these columns anticipates the style known as flamboyant Gothic, of great slenderness, which subsequently became very widespread.

The rear cloister includes the domestic quarters, which form an important part of the monastery’s compound. Distributed throughout the cloister we find quarters such as the kitchen, the refectory, the winery, the study or the royal palace, which adjoins the Trinidad Romanesque Chapel, the monastery’s most important worshipping centre.

Sheltered by its rich grove, the monastery does not limit itself to exhibiting its architectural presence. It is also used to host cultural activities, among which we find classical music concerts that are held every summer in the hall of the superior cloister.

  • Architectural style: Gothic
  • Year of construction: 1168
  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish
  • Ownership: Public
  • Opening hours - summer : Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
  • Opening hours - winter: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:30.

Disabled access

Accessible area classifi
Facilities available for wheelchair users
Facilities available for people with reduced mobility
No facilities available for the deaf or those with hearing impairments
Facilities available for the blind or visually impaired
Accessible resource amen
Main access, without height difference
Good natural and artificial lighting within the facility
Accessible WCs in communal parts of the building
Audio guides for the tour
Tactile elements for everything or things likely to be touched by blind people
Written signs and diagrams indicating the different rooms within the building
Due to slope, no access to: les cel·les
Audio guides available
Guides in braille are available
Tactile models or reproductions of work are available
Types of inspection
Royal monastery of Santes Creus
  • Royal monastery of Santes Creus

  • Address:Square Jaume el Just, s/n

  • 43815 Aiguamúrcia

  • Tarragona / Costa Daurada

  • Royal monastery of Santes Creus
  • Royal monastery of Santes Creus

  • Address: Square Jaume el Just, s/n

  • 43815 Aiguamúrcia

  • Tarragona / Costa Daurada

  • Telephone:977 638 329


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