Monestir de Lluc

sights / Religious

Monestir de Lluc information

Monestir de Lluc & Around , Spain
Address
Street Plaça dels Peregrins
More information
www.lluc.net
Prices
monastery & gardens free, museum adult/child €2/free, Lluc ticket €3
Opening hours
10am-5pm
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Entered via a cloistered garden, the monastery is a huge austere complex, dating mostly from the 17th to 18th centuries. Off the central courtyard is the late-Renaissance basilica, containing a fine altarpiece by Jaume Blanquer and the Virgin Mary statuette. The church was given an ornate, baroque-style revamp in the early 20th century, based on plans drawn up by Gaudí.

If you're lucky, you might hear the Els Escolanets (also known as Els Blauets, the Little Blues, because of the soutane they wear), the monastery’s boarding school boys choir. This institution dates to the early 16th century.

The museum showcases prehistoric finds including Talayotic artefacts, folk art and crafts, religious icons and a stash of vibrant paintings by Catalan Impressionist Josep Coll Bardolet. The Lluc ticket gives entry to the museum, the Jardí Botànic (botanical garden) and the swimming pool in the monastery's serene grounds.