Monastery Sant Pau del Camp
Located in the historic district of El Raval, the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp - founded in the 9th century - is one of the oldest monasteries in Catalonia and a jewel of Catalan Romanesque architecture. Its construction began at the end of the 9th century, replacing an earlier church destroyed by Muslim invaders in 985. Abandoned in the 19th century, but restored in the 20th century, it is now open to the public as a museum.
The Romanesque Collection of the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp
The Monastery now houses a museum with exhibitions on the history of art, the history of Barcelona and religious life in Catalonia. Its fine collection includes archaeological pieces and religious art, including Romanesque sculptures, paintings and textiles.
The main reason for visiting this monastery is its portal, which is decorated with sculptures depicting biblical scenes and decorative motifs. The chapel of Sant Pau, decorated with frescoes from the 12th century depicting scenes from the life of Jesus and the apostles. For the 12th-century wooden cross of Sant Pau, considered one of the most beautiful works of Catalan Romanesque art. For the sculpture of the Virgin and Child, a polychrome stone sculpture dating from the 13th century. Finally, the murals and a collection of medieval textiles, including tapestries, banners and liturgical vestments will undoubtedly catch your attention.
The place is peaceful and perfect for contemplation... an extraordinary break in a bustling neighbourhood.
Monastery Sant Pau del CampCarrer de Sant Pau, 99, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Area: El Raval
Website: Monastery Sant Pau del Camp - Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1.30pm and from 4pm to 7.30pm
Phone: +34 934 41 00 01
Metro/Bus: Metro: L2, L3 Paral·lel
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