Monastery of Sant Bartomeu (Bellpuig)
What you will find
The monastery of Sant Bartomeu de Bellpuig is the product of a world in transformation: a witness to the transition from the Gothic to the Renaissance and the emergence of a new way of thinking that seeks the transcendence of the individual, his glory and honour, beyond death.
The monastery was commissioned in 1507 by Ramon Folc de Cardona i Anglesola, lord of Bellpuig, who was also viceroy of Naples and Sicily. The aim was to build a setting for his mausoleum, influenced by the customs of the Neapolitan nobility for whom a mausoleum of marble with its own chapel was one more sign of power and magnificence. At the same time the donation to the Franciscans guaranteed the intercession of the community for the salvation of his soul.
The architecture of the monastery shows the contrast between Franciscan austerity and the splendour with which the Cardona Anglesola family wished to endow it, to be seen most of all in the decoration of the cistern cloister.
As the execution of the project too a considerable time, the Gothic structure of the complex gave way to Reinassance elements such as the cladding of the east façade, the second floor of the cloister or the Duke's viewpoint. The chapterhouse, the chalice cupboard, in the Florid Gothic style, and the Plateresque wash basin of the refectory are good examples of the stylistic superimposition of the complex.
The most monumental piece was the founder's own mausoleum, in the monastery church. This is a fully Renaissance work that exalts the virtues and records his military victories for the purpose of perpetuating his memory.
After the attacks during the Peninsular War and the abandonment that followed confiscation in 1835 there was a fear that this heritage would not survive, and the mausoleum was moved to the parish church, where it can be visited today, whilst the monastery was subjected to the refurbishements required by the various uses to which the building has been put since that time.
Information for visits
Ctra de Belianes, s/n
25250 Bellpuig (Urgell)
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 gudies upon presentation of their status.
- Teachers who work in education centres that provided 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 accompanyuing them will also benefit from a reduced admission rate if the disabled status certificate states that the disabled person requires a companion.
- Foster families upon presentation or 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 ta 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.
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 1 September to 30 June
From Thursdays to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
EASTER OPENING TIMES (Last admission 30 minutes before clossing time)
Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Friday, Sunday and Monday: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer (July and August)
From Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.
For the guided tour 3 euros must be added to the admission charge.
For more information: tel. 977 638 329. From Tuesday to Friday. From October 1 to 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 email@example.com
Length of the visit: 45 minutes.
Group guided tours
Guided tours for groups with advance booking
Tel. Information and bookings 977 638 329. From Tuesday to Friday. From October 1 to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The facilities are equipped for people with disabilities and the blind.