Visit The Monestir de Poblet; a travel guide to Poblet Monastery, Spain

Monestir de Poblet, Catalonia

Visit Monestir de Poblet

The Monestir de Poblet is one of the key religious and historical sites in Spain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Poblet is just 8km from Montblanc and 47 km inland from Tarragona in the Catalonia region.

Visit the Monestir de Poblet, Spain

The Monestir de Poblet was once one of the most powerful monasteries in Spain. It is part of three sister monasteries known as the Cistercian triangle along with the Monastery of Santes Creus and the Monastery of Vallbona de les Monges.

Poblet Monastery was founded in 1151 as a Cistercian monastery. The kings of Aragon and Catalunia were buried here and sent great wealth to enhance it. This led to corruption and the stories surrounding Poblet are lewder than those of any other Cistercian monastery. It was hated by the locals and burnt and damaged during a revolution in 1835. Restoration began a hundred years later in 1930 and monks moved back in in 1940.

Much has now being restored and the buildings are truly beautiful. Inside the fortified walls are the Abbey Church with the Royal Tombs, various cloisters, a Chapterhouse, a dormitory (part of which is still used by monks) and a library. The dining hall is particularly lovely with large arched windows, a beautifully polished wooden floor and wooden pews and tables all down the edges.

As always with churches the cloister is a highlight of the Monastery. The cloister at Poblet Monastery has huge arched openings looking out onto an immaculately kept grassy space.

The monastery as well as being in itself a showcase of 12th,13th and 14th century Cistercian style, houses a number of masterpieces including a huge alabaster reredos by Damia Forment in 1527.

Poblet Monastery was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

See also:

Map of Monestir de Poblet & places nearby

Selected places to visit near Monestir de Poblet