Monastery of Pedralbes
In 1326, the widowd Queen Elisenda of Montcada used her inheritance to buy this land in Barcelona and build a convent for the Poor Clare order of nuns, which she soon joined. The result is a jewel of Gothic architecture with an understated single-nave church with fine stained-glass windows and a beautiful three-storey 14th-century cloister. The place was out of bounds to the general public until 1983, when the nuns, a closed order, opended it up as a museum in the mornings (when they escape to a nearby annexe). A fascinating insight into life in a medieval convent.
Open: Apr-Sept 10am -5pm Tue-Sat; 10am-8pm Sun
Oct-Mar 10am-2pm Mos-Sat; 10am-8pm Sun