CISTERCIAN MONASTERIES TOUR FULL DAY

 

Tour Duration: 9 Hours
Max. Nº People: 9 People
Tour Price: Please ask for an updated price

Tour Type: Transport Based
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A great private tour for 9 hours and skipping the waiting lines in the sites.

Tour Exclusions: Transportation and entrance fees are not included in the tour price. A transportation system (chauffeured vehicle) is needed for this tour, which could be booked upon request.

Visiting Poblet, Santes Creus and Vallbona. A trip back to the middle ages, discovering the impressive Royal Mausoleums of the Crown of Aragon.

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A 45 minutes’ drive from Barcelona takes you to Santes Creus. Started in 1168 by Cistercian monks from Fontfreda (Aude, Languedoc/France), this monumental royal monastery encompasses both romanesque and gothic style constructions such as two cloisters, a chapter house, two churches, a tiny renaissance royal palace, a dormitory, a refectory and two royal mausoleums.
A most beautiful, monumental gothic pantheon is that of king Pere II the Grate, (+1285)crowned by a very delicate, colourful canopy. At his feet, the tomb of his most beloved Admiral Roger de Llúria (+1304), who repelled a French attack with his fleet in 1285. Yards away, the mausoleum of king Jaume II the Righteous (+1327) and his wife Blanche d’Anjou (+1310) is an excellent example of Catalan gothic art.
After a short 30 Km. ride you’ll be surprised by the magnificent, monumental view of Poblet. Declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1991, this huge monastic ensemble is still inhabited by some 30 monks. Three solid medieval walled enclosures protect the core of the monastery which, due to the proper disposition of the romanesque and gothic structures, added to its excellent state of conservation, is considered a paradigm of austere Cistercian architecture. Many are the different dependencies to visit: the large, serene main cloister with its charming lavatorium, a huge and sober renaissance alabaster altar piece, the elegant yet imposing chapter house, the library, the calefactorium, the immense refectory, wine cellars, kitchen and dormitory, plus the charming late gothic royal palace.

 

The sublime royal pantheon, built between 1340 and 1499 but restored in 1940, is composed of two grand parallel vaulted arches showing the mausoleums of the following kings of Aragon: Alfons I the Chaste (+1196), Jaume I the Conqueror (+1276), Pere III the Ceremonious (+1387) with his 3 wives (Maria of Navarre, Elionor of Portugal and Elionor of Sicily), Joan I the Hunter(+1396) with his 2 wives (Marta d’Armagnac and Violant de Bar), Martí I the Humane (+1410), Ferran I of Antequera (+1416), Alfons IV the Magnanimous (+1458) and Joan II the Faithless (+1479) with his wife Joana Enríquez, both parents of Ferdinand II of Aragon, the Catholic king.
Another half an hour’s drive brings you to the magnificent yet much smaller, female convent of Vallbona de les Monges. Founded in the first half of the 12th c. and still inhabited by Cistercian nuns, it became a traditional destination for members of the most important Catalan noble families, reaching in its hay day some 150 nuns (14th c.). Among the beauty of the combined romanesque and gothic constructions stands out the most remarkable chapter house due to its sobriety and austerity. Rather noteworthy are the mausoleums of queen Violant of Hungary (+1251), second wife to king Jaume I and that of their daughter, princes Sança of Aragon.