Carthusian Monastery of Escaladei (La Morera de Montsant)
What you will find
The Carthusian Monastery of Escaladei stands at the end of a valley, nestling beneath the Montsant hills. In this quiet spot the Carthusian monks followed a way of life marked by silence and prayer, combining the solitude of the hermit with the shelter of community life.
The Carthusian Monastery was founded in 1194, thanks to a grant by King Alfons I to settle population in lands which he had just conquered. Later donations and purchases made the monastery a great feudal lord, owner of a large territory equivalent to the present district of El Priorat.
Escaladei was the first Carthusian Monastery on the peninsula and took part in the foundation of many later ones. The prestige and influence it enjoyed, with the revenue from its considerable estates, allowed Escaladei to live a period of splendour between the 16th and 17th centuries. That allowed the Carthusians to undertake a sweeping architectural refurbishment, decorated with works by the famous Escaladei school of religious painting.
From the first half of the 19th century the confiscation of lands belonging to the Church, combined with the looting that took place during the popular uprisings led to the abandonment and deep degradation of the complex. Now, however, the latest restoration work has brought part of that splendour to light. It can be seen in the recently opened area where community life went on.
Information for visits
Camí de la Cartoixa, s/n
43379 Escaladei - La Morera de Montsant (Priorat)
Entitled to concessionary admission charge:
- People aged 65 and over.
- Carnet Jove holders.
- International Student Identity Card holders.
- Large or single-parent family book holders.
- Groups of ten or 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 notification of their visit in writing.
- Disabled people upon presentation of a certificate confirming their disabled status. The person accompanying them will also benefit from a free 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.
- Free admission on the last Tuesday of every month 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.
ON APRIL 28, 29 AND 30 (SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY) THE MONUMENT WILL OPEN WITH SUMMER SCHEDULE (FROM 10.00 A.M. TO 8.00 P.M.).
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 triptychs.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays
- From 16 December to 28 February: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- From 1 March to 31 May: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
EASTER OPENING TIME (Last admission 30 minutes before closing time)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
- From 1 June to 30 September: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- From 1 October to 15 December: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.
Activities intended for the general public with advance booking tel. 977 638 329 or e-mail: email@example.com
From 1 June to 15 July and from 12 to 30 September:
- Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 h (Spanish), 12.15 h (Catalan), a les 13.30 h (Catalan), 17.00 h (Spanish) and 18.15 h (Catalan).
From 1 October to 15 December and from 1 March to 31 May:
- Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 h (Spanish), 12.15 h (Catalan), 13.30 h (Catalan) and 16.00 h (Spanish).
From 16 Desember to 28 February:
- Saturday and Sunday: 11.00 (Spanish), 12.15 h (Catalan) and 13.30 h (Catalan)
From 16 July to 11 September:
- From Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00 h (Spanish), 12.15 h (Catalan), 13.30 h (Catalan), 17.00 h (Spanish) and 18.15 h (Catalan).
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: Catalan: 12.15 h and 13.30 h; Spanish: 11.00 h and 16.00 h
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Catalan: 11.30 h, 12.45 h, 16.00 h and 17.15 h; Spanish: 11.00 h, 12.15 h, 13.30 h and 16.45 h
- Easter Monday: 11.00 h (Spanish), 12.15 h (Catalan) and 13.30 h (Catalan)
From 1 October to 31 May:
- Saturdays and Sundays: 11.00 a.m. (Spanish), 12.15 p.m. (Catalan), and at 1.30 p.m. (Catalan).
From 1 to 30 June:
- Saturdays and Sundays: at 11.00 a.m. (Catalan), 12.15 p.m (Spanish), 1.30 p.m (Catalan), 5 p.m. (Spanish) and 6.30 p.m. (Catalan).
From 1 July to 30 September:
- From Tuesday to Sunday: at 11.00 a.m. (Spanish), 12.15 p.m (Catalan), 1.30 p.m. (Catalan), 5 p.m. (Spanish) and 6.15 p.m. (Catalan).
Length of the activity: one and a half hours (guided tour + audiovisual).
Charge: For the guided tour €3.00 must be added to the admission charge.
Visits for groups with advance booking tel. 977 638 329 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The facilities are not equipped for people with disabilities