Reial Monestir de Santes Creus

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Reial Monestir de Santes Creus information

Plaça de Jaume el Just
+34 977 63 83 29
adult/child €4.50/3, Tue free
Opening hours
10am-6.30pm Tue-Sun Jun-Oct, shorter hr rest of yr
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Following the AP7 motorway southwest from Vilafranca, take the AP2 fork about 18km west, then take exit 11 north for the medieval Reial Monestir de Santes Creus . Cistercian monks moved in here in 1168 and from then on the monastery developed as a major centre of learning and a launch pad for the repopulation of the surrounding territory. Behind the Romanesque and Gothic facade lies a glorious 14th-century sandstone cloister, chapter house and royal apartments where the comtes-reis (count-kings; rulers of the joint state of Catalonia and Aragón) often stayed when they popped by during Holy Week. The church, begun in the 12th century, is a lofty Gothic structure in the French tradition. It’s about 28km east of Montblanc.