Royal Monastery of Santes Creus (Aiguamúrcia)

What you will find

 
Santes Creus Monastery came into being in 1160 under the patronage of the Montcada and Cervelló houses and Count Ramon Berenguer IV. On the banks of the River Gaià the monks, who came from the Occitan Abbaye de Grandselve, found the ideal site for building a monastery which, until 1835, would be...

Santes Creus Monastery came into being in 1160 under the patronage of the Montcada and Cervelló houses and Count Ramon Berenguer IV. On the banks of the River Gaià the monks, who came from the Occitan Abbaye de Grandselve, found the ideal site for building a monastery which, until 1835, would be the centre of one of the largest and most influential monastic domains of the Kingdom of Aragón. Its history and the Cistercian way of life are described in the audiovisual "The Cistercian World".

Santes Creus reached its time of greatest splendour in the 13th and 14th centuries thanks to the favour of the royal house and the nobility. Two kings, Pere el Gran and Jaume II el Just, and Jaume's queen Blanche d'Anjou chose it for their pantheon and were active protectors and patrons. Their remains lie in the church in two tombs, considered masterpieces of early Catalan Gothic and the only ones of the Kingdom of Aragón to have survived intact.

Like few Cistercian abbeys, the ground plan of the monastery follows the model drawn by St Bernard in order to organise the spaces according to the needs of the community. The austerity typical of the order is reflected in the first buildings, such as the church. But soon the splendour of the Gothic took over in spaces such as the 14th century cloister, the first in that style in the Kingdom of Aragón, remarkable for the artistic quality of the capitals and the tombs of the monarchs who took part in the conquest of Mallorca.

Information for visits

Address

Plaça Jaume el Just, s/n
43815 Aiguamúrcia (Alt Camp)
Tel.: 977638329
e-mail: santescreus.cultura@gencat.cat

Admission charges

Standard: €4,50
Concession: €3,50
Special concession: €2.00

Entitled to concessionary admission charge:

  • Over 65
  • Under 25
  • Pensioners
  • Families (2 adults and one or more children)
  • Persons with disability certificate

Entitled to special concessionary admission charge:

  • Groups of students with teacher who have made an advance booking between 1 July and 31 August
  • Persons with large family or single parent card

Entitled to free admission:

  • Under 8
  • Unemployed
  • Members of ICOM (International Council of Museums) or ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments), duly accredited
  • Members of the Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya, duly accredited
  • Professional tourist guides, duly accredited
  • Formal education teachers, duly accredited
  • Groups of students with teacher who have made an advance booking between 1 September and 30 June.

Special cases:

  • Free of charge last Tuesday of each mont between October and June
  • Groups that book the ticket through travel agencies or similar will be entitled to a 25% discount on the applicable charge. The authorised guide or person accompanying the group will be admitted free of charge
Opening times

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 tryptychs.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays.

  • From 1 October to 31 May: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
    The last showing of the audiovisual "The Cistercian World" es at 4.30 p.m.

EASTER OPENING TIMES (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 7 p.m.
    The last showing of the audiovisual "The Cistercian World" is at 6 p.m.

Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.

Guided tours and group visits

Guided tours
* Guided tour around the Monastery of Santes Creus
A tour around the monastery encompassing its architectural, artistic and functional aspects.
Times: from Tuesday to Sunday, in different groups depending on the number of visitors.
Length of the visit: one hour.
For the guided tour €3 must be added to the admission charge

* Santes Creus, the road of legend
WITH ADVANCE BOOKING
A tour around the monastery and its surroundings based on the mediaeval legends of Santes Creus. They bring us closer to the values, feelings and relationships that pertained between people of different walks of life who were associated with the monastery. The tales of confrontation, coexistence, pacts and submission bring the monastery to life in a creative and profoundly human way.
Times: first Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.
Length of the activity: one and a half hours.
For the guided tour €3 must be added to the admission charge.

Group visits
Tel. information and bookings 977638329. From Tuesday to Friday. From October 1 and May 31 from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. From June 1 to September 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
or e-mail: reservesmonuments.acdpc@gencat.cat

Accessibility

The facilities are equipped for people with disabilities and the blind.

Where to eat and sleep
Services
  • Dramatisation and audiovisual.
  • Shop