Vallbona de les Monges (Urgell)
Santa Maria de Vallbona is a Cistercian monastery located in the town of Vallbona in the county of Urgell.
First news date from 1153, but it was not until 1176 it got completely integrated in the Cistercian order.
It is the only female monastery and the only route that has preserved the community continuously for over 850 years, except, of course, times of war. The de Vallbona is a beautiful monastery. Small in size and equipped with a unique beauty, is the clearest exponent of the importance of women in medieval times. In his history we find a full abaciologio daughters of the Catalan nobility. The monastery, we highlight the two gothic domes, the largest of which rests the whole weight of the nave of the church. One of the most important features of the monastery is that we can stay thanks to its careful inn. It was declared a historic-artistic monument in 1931.
The church is a fine example of Romanesque-Gothic transitional. The Latin cross plan consists of a single rectangular nave and three apses decorated with sculpture. Each of the galleries of the cloister is a different style: Arabic, Gothic and Romanesque. The chapter house (fourteenth century) has an image of Our Lady of Mercy (fifteenth century).
Phone num. 973 33 02 66
Winter: From 1st November to 28 th February. Saturday, from 10:30 to 13:30 p.m. and 16:30 p.m. to 17.30h. On Sundays , from 12am to 13.30 and from 16.30 to 17.30 pm.
Summer: From 1st March to 31th October. saturday, from 10:30 am to 13.30h and 16.30h to 18:30 p.m.. On Sundays, from 12am to 13.30h and from 16.30h to 18:30 p.m..
Open on Easter, august, festives days. PLEASE CONTACT WITH DE MONASTERY TO CONFIRM THE TIMETABLE. TEL. 973 330 266