CHARTERHOUSE OF ESCALADEI

HOW TO GET THERE

VISITING SCHEDULE

December 16 to February 28:
Tuesday through Sunday
(including holidays)

10h to 16 h

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Friday saturday and sunday

10:00 h to 19 h

Monday from 10ha.m. to 17:30 h

From June 1 to September 30

10 h to 20 h

From October 1 to December 15

10 h to 17:30 h

Closed on Mondays other than holidays,
on December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 6.

The box office and entrance close 30 minutes before the closing time.

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Friday saturday and sunday

10 h to 19 h

Monday from 10 h to 17:30 h

Closed on Mondays other than holidays,
on December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 6.

The box office and entrance close 30 minutes before the closing time.

SCHEDULES

December 16 to February 28:

Tuesday through Sunday
(including holidays)

10 h to 16 h

From June 1 to September 30

10 h to 20 h

From October 1 to December 15

10 h to 17:30 h

Visits to the Escaladei Charterhouse by IBER, the concessionaire of the Catalan Heritage Agency.

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GUIDED TOUR OF THE CHARTERHOUSE OF ESCALADEI

History and heritage of the Escaladei Charterhouse

Guided tour of the Escaladei Charterhouse to discover the most emblematic places of the Charterhouse and Carthusian life. In this quiet place, sheltered by the Montsant mountain range, the Carthusian monks live a life of silence and prayer, combining eremitical solitude with community life. The Carthusian monastery was founded in 1194, thanks to a concession granted by King Alfonso I, with the aim of establishing a settlement in the newly conquered lands. Later donations and purchases would turn the Carthusian monastery into a great “feudal lord”, until it possessed an extensive territory that coincided with the present-day Priorat region. Escaladei was the first Charterhouse on the Peninsula and would participate in the foundation of many of those that would come later. In the first half of the 19th century, the loss of ecclesiastical lands and the plundering that took place during the popular uprisings led to the abandonment and serious deterioration of the complex. Today, however, restoration work has restored some of this splendour, which can be seen in the new visitor area, which corresponds to the parish living area.

  • Get to know the rooms of the Escaladei Charterhouse.
  • Get to know and understand the Middle Ages.
  • Get to know daily life in the Cartuja.
  • Understand a Charterhouse, its parts, the Carthusian monks and some of their daily tasks.
  • Experience the Carthusian spirit.
  • Understand the past by appreciating and respecting cultural heritage.

ARE YOU A SCHOOL?

WHAT TO SEE IN THE CHARTERHOUSE OF ESCALADEI?

Reflections of a Carthusian Father in Montsant

Dramatised tour of the Escaladei Charterhouse and its surroundings. Through prayers taken from the letters of Saint Bruno and the thoughts of Guigó, the Carthusian Father Mariano invites us to walk and follow his footsteps and wise reflections in order to reach God. Entering the Sierra del Montsant, on a spiritual journey set in an indeterminate time at the end of the 16th century, we will visit the exterior spaces of the monastery, following part of the original path where the Carthusian monks used to walk on the holiest day of the week, Sunday.

“The path to God is very easy, you just have to walk without burdening yourself with superfluous things, on the contrary, free yourself from everything”. With these words, the Carthusian father sends us on our way, following in his footsteps, recognising the wildest surroundings of the Priorat, identifying its main elements and the importance of its location.

ACTIVITIES EDUCATIONAL CENTERS, SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTES

Shapes, colours and textures! Discover the Charterhouse of Escaladei

The monk Esgraó, who lives in the Charterhouse of Escaladei, will teach the children about the shapes, colours and textures of the flora and fauna that we find in the mountains, through the Serra del Montsant.

Curricular objectives

  • Know what a monastery is and what its rooms were like.
  • Get to know someone who lives in a Carthusian monastery.
  • Get to know the natural environment of the monastery, the Sierra del Montsant.
  • Work with the senses (sight, touch and smell).
  • Identify shapes, colours and textures.
  • Learning to play.

Basic skills

  • Self-awareness and personal autonomy
    • Self-awareness and emotional management
    • Play and movement
    • Gradual organisation of laterality
    • Personal and relational autonomy
  • Knowledge of the environment
    • Exploration of the environment
    • Experimentation and interpretation
    • Reasoning and representation
  • Communication and languages
    • Observing, listening and experiencing.
    • Speaking, expressing and communicating.

Tell me and draw me The Monk Esgraó and the Charterhouse of Escaladei

Through a story with the monk Esgraó as the protagonist, the boys and girls will get to know the different spaces of the Charterhouse of Escaladei and the Sierra del Montsant. The activity ends with a drawing of the area of the Cartuja that they liked best.

Basic skills

  • Knowledge of the natural, social and cultural environment.
    • Dimension of the contemporary world.
    • Dimension of knowledge and interaction with the physical world.
    • Dimension of technology and everyday life.
  • Linguistic dimension.
    • The communicative, linguistic and audiovisual dimension.
  • Mathematical domain.
    • Reasoning and proof dimension.
    • Connections dimension.
  • From learning to learning.
    • Self-awareness dimension, individual and group learning.
    • Positive attitude to learning dimension.
  • Autonomy and initiative.
    • Education in social and civic values.
    • The personal, interpersonal and social dimension.

Curricular objectives

  • Know what a Charterhouse is.
  • To know who lived in a Charterhouse and what they did.
  • Get to know the natural environment and the Sierra del Montsant.
  • Develop your creativity and artistic side.
  • Work in a team.

Brother Guerau's recipe and the mystery of the Charterhouse of Escaladei

Brother Guerau, the director of the pharmacy at the Charterhouse of Escaladei, hid a unique recipe many years ago. Through geocaching, the boys and girls will have to find the recipe and everything needed to make it, while learning about the history and different places to visit at the Charterhouse of Escaladei.

Basic skills

  • Field of visual and plastic education.
    • Artistic and cultural competition.
    • Dimension of interpretation and production.
    • Dimension of perception, understanding and evaluation.
    • Dimension of imagination and creativity.
  • Knowledge of the natural, social and cultural environment.
    • The contemporary world dimension.
    • Dimension of knowledge and interaction with the physical world.
    • Dimension of technology and everyday life.
  • Linguistic dimension.
    • The communicative, linguistic and audiovisual dimension.
  • Technological dimension.
    • Information processing and digital literacy dimension.
    • The positive attitude to learning dimension.
  • From learning to learning.
    • Self-awareness dimension, individual and group.
  • Autonomy and initiative.
    • Education in social and civic values.
    • The personal, interpersonal and social dimension.

Curricular objectives

  • Discover the rooms of the Escaladei Charterhouse.
  • Discover the daily life of the Cartuja.
  • Orient.
  • Self-management.
  • Discover the evolution of the pharmaceutical world.
  • Teamwork.
  • Learn to be decisive in the face of adversity.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

In the footsteps of the Carthusians: Tales and legends

Would you like to discover the life of the Carthusians at first hand? Their symbols? Their legends? Follow in the footsteps of the Carthusians and discover the hidden secrets of the Carthusian Charterhouse of Escaladei. Throughout the activity, we will learn about the monastery and its history; above all, the arrangement of the different areas that determine its form and organisation, the strict enclosure of the most functional area. On this occasion, the common thread will not be a character, but a symbol; specifically, the symbol that identifies the Charterhouse of Escaladei: the Stairway to God, and associated with this element will also be the number four, the number of steps that can be observed in the symbol of the stairway and that symbolize: reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. The activity is intended for family/intergenerational audiences, from 6 years of age.

What are we going to do?

  • Know and explain the Escaladei Charterhouse.
  • To know and understand the Middle Ages.
  • To present the heritage in a didactic, playful and attractive way for all audiences.
  • To know and understand a Charterhouse, its parts, the Carthusian monks and some of their daily tasks.
  • Understand the past by appreciating and respecting the heritage.
  • Learning to play.

Activities and visits to the Charterhouse of Escaladei

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