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Gardens of Santes Creus Royal Monastery

  • A view of the cloister from the gallery arches of the Santes Creus Royal Monastery, Tarragona © Turespaña

    A view of the cloister from the gallery arches of the Santes Creus Royal Monastery, Tarragona © Turespaña

  
Plaza Jaume el Just s/n
43815 Santes Creus, Aiguamúrcia
Tarragona, Catalonia
Tarragona

Telephone+34 977638329

E-mailsantescreus.cultura@gencat.cat

Websitehttp://www.penedesturisme.cat/es/que-visitar/patrimonio/real-monasterio-de-santes-creus

The most characteristic thing about the wonderful cloister at this monastery is the unusual washhouse, a small shelter set in the garden area with a large circular basin around a stone with a fountain and small water jets, completely covered with lichen and moss. The rest of the area is taken up by squares of Laurustinus and Japanese pittosporum hedges with small interior beds of a few roses. Eighteen orange trees surround the area and make one think of the close relationship between this tree and monastery cloisters, given that similar plantations were often to be found, as was the case at Guadalupe, which was known by the name, “orange tree cloister”. The beauty of the main cloister overshadows the peaceful tranquillity of the back cloister, which has been found to be difficult to date. It is much simpler, with low arches and without the decorated capitals found in the main cloister. A notable sense of simple spirituality is instilled by a small fountain with a spout, surrounded by eight enormous cypress trees.

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Timetables

 

Oct 01 to May 31

Tuesday to Sunday and Public holidays

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Closing days: Monday

 

Jun 01 to Sep 30

Tuesday to Sunday and Public holidays

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Cerrado: 1 y 6 de Enero; 24, 25 de Diciembre

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General: €5,50

Reduced: €4,50

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