The Royal Monastery of Santes Creus | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.
The Royal Monastery of Santes Creus Heaven on Earth

A la riba del riu Gaià, trobem el monestir de Santes Creus , que era el centre d’un dels dominis monàstics més extensos i influents del Regne d’Aragó. Amb una arquitectura sòlida, seriosa i austera, l’abadia reflecteix el model canònic dels monestirs cistercencs (juntament amb Vallbona de les Monges i Poblet ). Visitar Santes Creus és reviure un moment en què la puresa i la distància del món de les persones es van concretar en un lloc ben arrelat a la terra.

Fundat el 1160, el punt àlgid de Santes Creus es trobava entre els segles XIII i XIV, per la seva estreta relació amb la noblesa i la família reial. Els reis, Pere el Gran i Jaume II el Just i la seva dona, Blanca d’Anjou, eren patrons del monestir i van optar per ser enterrats aquí, en dos mausoleus gòtics al costat de l’altar major. L’estudi i restauració de les tombes reials, el 2010, va permetre que es descobrissin intactes les restes de Pere el Gran i Blanca d’Anjou, les úniques restes dels Reis i Reines de la Corona d’Aragó.

El pla fonamental del monestir va organitzar els espais segons les necessitats de la comunitat. L’església, que es va obrir per al culte el 1225, és un exemple de la transició del romànic al gòtic. Tot i aportar sensació de lleugeresa i grandiositat, és un temple sòlid i auster. Contrasta amb l’esplendor del claustre, que data del segle XIV, el primer d’estil gòtic de la Corona d’Aragó.

Plan your visit

What can I do?

Don’t miss the opportunity to take the tour of the monastery and explore the spaces from the architectural, artistic and functional points of view. Immerse yourself in your surroundings, taking the medieval legends of Santes Creus as your guide. Guided and group tours.

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Timetables

NOTE: These times are now the ones in use. Please ignore any others published earlier on this or any other website or in informative leaflets and tryptychs.

New opening hours on weekends. From 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
 
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
 
From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays.
 
From 1 October to 31 May: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.The last showing of the audiovisual "The Cistercian World" es at 4.30 p.m.

EASTER 2021 OPENING TIMES
From Friday April 2nd to Monday April 5th: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

From 1 June to 30 September: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.The last showing of the audiovisual "The Cistercian World" is at 6 p.m.

Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.
 

Prices

Standard: €6
Concession: €4
 
Entitled to concessionary admission charge:

  • People aged 65 and over.
  • Pensioners.
  • Carnet Jove holders.
  • International Student Identity Card holders.
  • Large or single-parent family book holders.
  • Groups of ten o more people who are not tourists. If any of the persons entitled to free admission continues to enjoy this rate.

Entitled to free admission:
  • Children aged under 16.
  • Unemployed people upon presentation of proof of their status.
  • Accredited members of the ICOM (International Council of Museums) or ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments).
  • Accredited members of the Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya.
  • Accredited professional tourist guides upon presentation of proof of their status.
  • Teachers who work in education centres that provide government-regulated education, accredited by the head of their education centre.
  • Accredited members of the press visiting in the course of their duties who have provided prior notiifcation of hteir visit in writing.
  • Disabled people upon presentation of a certificate confirming their disabled status. The person accompanying them will also benefit from a reduced admission rate if the disabled status certificate states that the disabled person requires a companion.
  • Foster families upon presentation of proof of their status.
  • School parties (pupils in the general education system and special education with teaching staff) with a prior booking.

 


Special cases:
  • Free admission on the last Tuesday of every mont between 1 October and 30 June
  • Groups that book through a tourism-related agency, operator or similar company will benefit from a 25% reduction on the applicable admission rate. The authorised guide or person accompanying the group will be given free admission.
     
Contact

Reial Monestir de Santes Creus
Plaça Jaume el Just, s/n
43815 Aiguamúrcia (Tarragona)
Tel. (+34) 977638329

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