Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.
Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp A monastery unique to Catalonia
Located in the heart of the Raval, the monastery of Sant Pau del Camp is one of the Romanesque jewels of Barcelona and one f the oldest monasteries in the city. The first documented reference dates to 977.

Its origins were turbulent: As its name indicates, the monastery is located in the country, outside of the protection of the walls of medieval Barcelona, and was victim of numerous Muslim attacks and raids. In 985 Almansor's troops attacked and destroyed the monastery.  It wasn't until the 12th century that the marriage of Geribert Guitard and Rotlendis spurred the church's construction and united the monastery of Sant Cugat del Vallès to establish a new Benedictine community.

Sant Pau del Camp became one of the most important Benedictine monasteries in Catalonia and was the stage of number chapters of the Congregació Claustral Tarraconense (Tarragona Cloister Congregation).

The church and the cloister are the best conserved elements of the Romanesque group. The church consists of a single Greek cross nave covered by a barrel vault though it is the exterior architecture that most stands out. The building is decorated with reliefs that show human faces, fanciful animals from Christian iconography and floral motifs. To either side of the entrance way, two columns crowned by Visigothic marble capitals support the semi-circular archivolt. The tympanum shows the image of Christ accompanied by the apostles Peter and Paul and the front is decorated with sculptures of the evangelists.

To the south of the church resides the monastery's architectural jewel: its cloister is unique to Catalonia. The cloister is formed by Muslim-inspired lobular arches that are supported by columns headed by Corinthian capitals. There are also Romanesque capitals that show animals and fanciful beings.

Sant Pau del Camp is part of the ‘Romanesque weekend: from Barcelona to Vic’ getaway.

Plan your visit

What can I do?
  • Discover the history and the peculiarities of this architectural jewel with a guided tour or a free visit.
  • Complete the tour of Sant Pau del Camp with a visit to the Picasso Museum, where you can see the work Angle del claustre de Sant Pau del Camp, 1896. The renowned painter, who was 16 years old, was inspired by the cloister and he made an oil painting on wood.
Guided tour:
In Catalan and Spanish: Saturdays at 1pm
Free visit:
October to June
Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July to September
Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays and holidays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Guided tour: €9
Free visit: € 5
Reduced: € 8 (guided tour) and € 4 (free visit)

People entitled to the reduced rate:
  • Under 25 years old
  • Retired
  • Library card
  • Tr3sC Club Card

People entitled to enter for free:
  • Children under 8 years old

Special cases:
  • For group visits it is necessary to contact Barcelona Tourism
Sant Pau del Camp
Carrer Sant Pau, 101
08001 Barcelona
Tel. (+34) 934 41 00 01
Barcelona Turisme
Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tel. (+34) 932 853 832
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