The accessible route of the Cistercian Monasteries from Barcelona will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Real Monasterio de Poblet (Poblet Monastery). Here you will learn about the amazing history behind the tombs of the kings that ruled the Crown of Aragon. Besides, you will get to know all about the monks that are still inhabitants of the Monastery.
Robert de Champagne founded the Cistercian order in 1075 in Molesme. Afterward, Pope Pascal III recognized it after the move to Citeaux in Burgundy. The order reformed the Rule of Benedict and in 1112 Saint Bernard joined its forces. Over the next centuries, the order gained a lot of power, eventually leading to its dominance all over Europe. By 1350 there were no fewer than 700 Cistercian monasteries and over 750 nunneries. In the field of architecture, the order came to play an important role, making the Gothic style spread across Europe.
After that, it will be time to enjoy a lunch break. Meals are not included, but guests can choose from a variety of options. Two recommendations are wine and food match lunch in a traditional ‘masía’ (Catalan farmstead) or a ‘calçotada’ (chargrilled shallots with dipping sauces).
Our journey through time will continue with the Monasterio de Santes Creus, founded in 1150. We will visit the Vila-rodona columbarium and the tomb of King Pere el Gran (Peter III of Aragon). Moreover, our tour will lead to the Romanesque church of El Pla, dedicated to St. Mary. The monastery complex was declared a National Historic and Artistic Monument in 1951. Finally, we will drive you back to your hotel in Barcelona or another agreed drop-off point in the city.
Highlights of the Accessible Route of the Cistercian Monasteries from Barcelona:
- Full-day Cister Route tour
- Discover the amazing history and legacy of the Cistercian order
- Explore the Poblet Real Monastery
- Visit Santa Creus Monastery
- Taste traditional local dishes during the lunch break near Poblet
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