The power of the monks of the order of St. Bruno, settled in Escaladei since the twelfth century, was so important that they came to name the entire county: el Priorat. Of the ancient splendour only the ruins of the Carthusian Monastery Santa Maria of Escaladei, are preserved, the first of those that were later built throughout the Iberian Peninsula.
The monastery of Escaladei was founded in 1163 by request of King Alfonso I the chaste, with the intention to colonising and Christianising the New Catalonia of the Muslims. The place chosen was the Vall d’Oliver, at the foot of the Sierra del Montsant, where legend has it that a shepherd had dreamt about angels ascending to heaven on a ladder: Escaladei, the ‘ladder to God’.
On the rocky soil of the area spread the cultivation of vineyards and olives for oil, two elements that allowed the commercial revitalisation of the whole region. The moment of greatest splendour began in the 16th century, when it was the focus of the beginning of Renaissance in Catalonia, and lasted until the 18th century, these three centuries, the monastic complex is expanded until its final configuration.
Currently, the structures of the ancient Carthusian complex of Escaladei are preserved, now as a romantic ruin. The visit allows you to make an exterior journey of the 3 cloisters (one of them rebuilt), the Church, the refectory and a reconstructed cell. These are the remains of 600 years of history of one of the most important medieval and modern monasteries in Catalonia.
- Families can participate in prepared activities to explore the facilities in a playful way.
- Various routes invite students to find out about life both in the monastery and its surroundings.
From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays
From 16th December to 28th February: from 10 am to 4 pm
from 1st March to 31st May: from 10 am to 5.30 pm
From 1st June to 30th September: from 10 am to 8 pm
From 1st October to 15th December: from 10 am to 5.30 pm
closed on Mondays, except public holidays, on 25th and 26th December and 1st and 6th January.
Normal: € 3.50
Reduced: € 2.50
Special reduced: € 1.50
Free admission days: 8th, 11th, 24th, 27th and 28th September.