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: €5,50
Concession: €4,50

Entitled to concessionary admission charge:

  • People aged 65 and over.
  • Pensioners.
  • Carnet Jove holders.
  • International Student Identity Card holders.
  • Large or single-parent family book holders.
  • Groups of ten o 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 notiifcation of hteir visit in writing.
  • Disabled people upon presentation of a certificate confirming their disabled status. The person accompanying 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 of proof of their status.
  • School parties (pupils in the general education system and special education with teaching staff) with a prior booking.

Special cases:

  • Free admission on the last Tuesday of every mont 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.
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

Schedule

From 1 October to 31 January and from 1 April to 31 May.

  • Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 p.m. (Catalan), 12.00 p.m. (Spanish) and 3.45 h (Catalan)

From 1 June to 15 July and from 12 to 30 September:

  • Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 a.m. (Catalan), 12.00 a.m. (Spanish), 1.15 p.m. (Catalan), 3.45 p.m. (Spanish) and 5.15 p.m. (Catalan)

From 16 July to 11 September:

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: 10.30 a.m. (Catalan), 12.00 a.m. (Spanish), 1.15 p.m. (Catalan), 3.45 p.m. (Spanish) and 5.15 h. (Catalan).

Special schedule
From 1 February to 31 March:

  • Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 and 15.45 h (Catalan) and 12.00 h and 13.15 h (Spanish)

Easter Schedule
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10.30 h and 15.45 h (Catalan); 12.00 h (Spanish)
Thursday: 10.30, 12.00 and 13.30 h (Catalan), 11.00, 12.30 and 15.45 h (Spanish)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 16.30 h (Catalan); 11.00, 12.30, 15.45 and 17.15 h (Spanish)
Easter Monday: 10.30 (Catalan) and 12.00 h (Spanish)

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.
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