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

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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.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Tarragona guide and the Catalonia guide.

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Map of Monestir de Poblet and places to visit

Places to visit near Monestir de Poblet

Montblanc

Montblanc

Montblanc is a beautiful, walled town with a number of Romanesque and Gothic monuments to see.

Montblanc guide

Tarragona

Tarragona

Tarragona's roman ruins are one of the World Heritage Sites in Catalonia. It also has a medieval old town.

Tarragona guide

PortAventura

PortAventura

PortAventura is one of Europe's biggest theme parks. It is a great family attraction.

PortAventura guide

Salou

Salou

Salou is the main resort on the Costa Dorado coast. It is situated next to the Port Aventura theme park.

Salou guide

Lleida

Lleida

Lleida has a large ruined fort, La Suda, and an outstanding cathedral, the Seu Vell

Lleida guide

Sitges

Sitges

Sitges is a highlight of the coastal towns south of Barcelona. It has some excellent Modernist architecture.

Sitges guide