World Heritage site by UNESCO
The visit to Poblet Monastery shows us the importance of the arrival of a community of monks who came from the Fontfred Monastery (Occitania) in the XII century and who followed the Rule of Saint Benedict “ora et labora” (pray and work)and the resettlement of these lands in New Catalonia that were driven forward by Ramon Berenguer I. An ambitious process of reforms and conservation was set up with the monks’ return to Poblet in 1940, and this has given the monastery back the majesty it deserves.The guided visit starts out in the Visitor Centre and goes through the various rooms that formed part of the old cloister, maintaining their essence since the time they were built. We will discover the architectonic features, the monastic activities that were carried out here and the temple’s natural surroundings that make Poblet a place that invites spiritual reflection and retreat. Among its most important features we will find the Royal Pantheon of the Catalan Kings; Alfonso the Chaste, James I, Peter the Ceremoniousand Martin the Humane.
Poblet Monastery is the biggest inhabited Cistercian ensemble in Europe. It forms part of the Cistercian Route along with the monasteries ofSantesCreusin the Alt Camp andVallbona in Urgell. Fromthe two male monasteries it is the only one that still has a community of monks. It was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in the Algiers meeting in 1991.
Duration: 45 minuts.
Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
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