Saturday, April 19, 2014

CATALONIA: MONASTERY OF SANTES CREUS

Built in gothic style, Santes Creus is architecturally, together with the monastery of Poblet, the most important monastery in Catalonia. However Montserrat Abbey would be symbolically more significant.  

Next I would like to show you some pictures I took during the visit to Santes Creus.

  • Monastery of Santes Creus
  • Royal Dooeway
  • Rear Cloister
  • Royal Palace
  • Cloister
  • Chapter House
  • Dormitory
  • Church
  • Tower of the Hours
  • Cemetery
  • Restaurants beside the Monastery of Santes Creus



Monastery of Santes Creus



Santes Creus Monastery in Catalonia
The first view we had of Santes Creus Monastery


Santes Creus Monastery in Catalonia
Square of Sant Bernat Calbó in front of Santes Creus


Monastery of Santes Creus in Catalonia
Main facade of Monastery of Santes Creus


Monastery of Santes Creus in Catalonia
Assumption Gate in Santes Creus



Church of Santes Creus Monastery
West end of the church of Santes Creus where you can see the gothic stained-glass window that light the central isle and the crenellations constructed when Pere the Ceremonious ordered the monastery to be fortified


Church of Santes Creus Monastery
Romanesque central doorway of the church of Santes Creus Monastery



Royal Doorway



Santes Creus Monastery
Beside the Royal Doorway is the entrance to Santes Creus Monastery


Rear Cloister


Rear cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
Rear cloister of Santes Creus Monastery


Tower of the Hours of Santes Creus
Tower of the Hours from the rear cloister of Santes Creus


Royal Palace


Royal palace inside the monastery of Santes Creus
Royal palace built inside the monastery of Santes Creus


Cloister


Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
Tower of the hours from the cloister of Santes Creus Monastery



Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
One of the galleries of the cloister of Santes Creus from the entrance to the church


Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery




Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
Gothic arches of the cloister of Santes Creus


Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
Taking pictures of the gothic cloister of Santes Creus


Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
Church of Santes Creus from its gothic cloister


Cloister of Santes Creus Monastery
After work, and before entering the refectory for meals, the monks would wash their hands in the circular font located in the centre of the lavabo


Chapter House


Chaper house of Santes Creus Monastery
Chaper house of Santes Creus Monastery



Dormitory



Dormitory of Santes Creus
Dormitory of Santes Creus


Church


Church of Santes Creus Monastery
Church of Santes Creus Monastery


Tombs of Jaume el Just and Blanca d'Anjou
Tombs of Jaume el Just and Blanca d'Anjou in the church of Santes Creus Monastery



Tower of the Hours



Tower of the hours of Santes Creus Monastery
Tower of the hours from the rear cloister of Santes Creus Monastery


Cemetery


Cemetery of Santes Creus
Rose window of the church of Santes Creus Monastery from the cemetery


Santes Creus Monastery in Catalonia
Overview of Santes Creus Monastery in the evening


Restaurants beside the Monastery of Santes Creus


Casalot and the restaurant of Hostal Grau (Grau Hostel) are good choices for having lunch after visiting the monastery


Casalot restaurant in Santes Creus
We had lunch in Casalot restaurant after visiting Santes Creus  


Casalot restaurant in Santes Creus
Inside the restaurant Casalot in Santes Creus


Hostal Grau in Santes Creus
Hostal Grau near the Monastery of Santes Creus


If you liked the Monastery of Santes Creus, maybe you would be interested in visiting the nearby Poblet and Vallbona de les Monges monasteries. Other interesting monasteries in Catalunya are: 


Santes Creus is located near Costa Daurada, where there are also interesting places to visit:



Finally, clicking on the next link, you will find links to other beautiful villages and places of Catalonia.


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