Royal Monastery of Santes Creus

HOW TO GET THERE

VISITING HOURS

from 1 October to 31 May:
Tuesday to Sunday
(including public holidays).

From 10 to 17.30 h

Last projection of the audiovisual

El món del Cister” at 16.30 h.

HOLY WEEK TIMETABLE

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

10  to 19 h

Monday from 10 to 17.30 h

From 1 June to 30 September

10 to 19 h

Last projection of the audiovisual

El món del Cister” at 18 h

Closed on non-holiday Mondays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.

The ticket office and entrance closes 30 minutes before closing time.

HOLY WEEK TIMETABLE

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

10 to 19 h.

Monday from 10 to 17:30 h.

Closed on non-holiday Mondays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.

The ticket office and entrance closes 30 minutes before closing time.

VISITING HOURS

From 1 October to 31 May:

Tuesday to Sunday
(including public holidays).

From 10 to 17.30 h

Last projection of the audiovisual

El món del Cister” at 16.30 h.

From 1 June to 30 September

10 to 19 h

Last projection of the audiovisual

“El món del cister” at 18 h

Visits to the Santes Creus monastery by IBER, a concessionary of the Catalan Heritage Agency.

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GUIDED TOUR OF THE SANTES CREUS MONASTERY

HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF THE SANTES CREUS MONASTERY

Guided tour of the Royal Monastery of Santes Creus to learn about the life of the Cistercian monks and the different monastic buildings, as well as the Gothic main cloister and the royal tombs of Pere el Gran, Jaume ll el Just and Queen Blanca d’Anjou. In 1160, under the patronage of the Monasteries of Montcada and Cervelló and the Count Ramon Berenguer IV, twelve monks from the Occitan monastery of La Gran Selva found the ideal place to build a monastery on the banks of the river Gaià, which would be the centre of one of the most extensive and influential monasteries of the Crown of Aragon until 1835.Santes Creus had its moment of greatest splendour in the 13th and 14th centuries, thanks to the favour of the royal family and the nobility. The kings Pere el Gran and Jaume II el Just and the queen Blanca d’Anjou chose it as their pantheon and became active protectors and patrons. Their remains rest in the church in two funerary monuments, considered masterpieces of early Catalan Gothic and the only ones to have survived intact from the Kingdom of the Crown of Aragon.

  • To learn about the role of the Santes Creus Monastery as a royal pantheon.
  • To recognise the spaces of the monastery, to identify its elements and to understand their meaning.
  • To learn about the construction and occupation of the monastery, as well as the Cistercian Order and its characteristics.
  • To promote respect and recognition of the cultural heritage.

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ACTIVITIES EDUCATIONAL CENTRES, SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTES

Emoticolors: The magic of colours

The Gothic cloister of the Monastery of Santes Creus is unique, singular and exceptional in our country for its artistic quality and suggestive iconography. Starting from the austerity and the absence of colour on which the Rule of Sant Benet is based, and through some basic concepts of colour theory, we will explore the monastery in a sensory way, familiarising ourselves with art and its cognitive possibilities. We will experiment with the magic of colours and discover those that have always been hidden behind the daily life of the Cistercian monks at the Monastery of Santes Creus. We will also discover the medieval colours preserved in the tombs of Kings Pere el Gran and Jaume II and Queen Blanca d’Anjou, buried in the Royal Monastery of Santes Creus.

Curricular objectives

  • Discover life in the monastery of Santes Creus and the Order of Sant Benet.
  • Learn about the Cistercian style and the Middle Ages.
  • Work on concepts: colour theory, architecture and sculpture.
  • Experimenting with the senses (touch, smell, hearing, sight).
  • Take an active part in the development of the activity and arouse the children’s interest in the past and the artistic qualities of the monastery.
  • Encourage imagination and creativity.
  • To stimulate communication, inviting the expression of feelings and emotions.
  • To increase the ability to concentrate and work as a team.

Basic skills

  • Discovering yourself and others
    • Self awareness and emotional management
    • Play and movement
    • Progressive organisation of laterality
    • Personal and relational autonomy
  • Exploring the environment
    • Exploration of the environment
    • Experimentation and interpretation
    • Reasoning and representation
  • Communication and languages
    • Observing, listening and experimenting.
    • Speaking, expressing and communicating.

Santes Creus Expedition

Students become explorers for a day. Using metres, maps, slates, magnifying glasses, compasses and much more, they will explore the Cistercian monastery of Santes Creus using mathematics, observation and their imagination to discover all its secrets.

Basic skills

  • Knowledge of the natural, social and cultural environment.
    • Today’s global dimension.
    • Dimension of knowledge and interaction with the physical world.
    • Technology and everyday life.
  • Linguistic area.
    • The communicative, linguistic and audiovisual domain.
  • Mathematical area.
    • Rational dimension and evidence.
    • Connective dimension.
  • From learning to learning.
    • Self-awareness, individual and group learning.
    • Positive attitude to learning.
  • Autonomy and personal initiative.
    • Education in social and civic values.
    • The personal, interpersonal and social dimension.

Objetivos curriculares

  • Descubra el Monasterio de Santes Creus desde la matemática, la observación y el razonamiento.
  • Identificar las diferentes partes que componen el Monasterio y la gestión del tiempo.
  • Reconocer los espacios del Monasterio, identificando sus elementos y comprendiendo su importancia.
  • Utilizar diferentes instrumentos de medida y observación.
  • Promover el respeto y la valoración del patrimonio cultural.

Fantastic stories in the cloister of the Santes Creus monastery

The sculptural programme in the capitals of the cloister of the Monastery of Santes Creus and the royal tombs is peculiar in that it does not strictly follow the parameters of the Cistercian style, neither simplicity nor austerity, on the contrary. The cloister was built by decision of King James II and his wife Blanche d’Anjou, who were his protectors and were buried in his church. The cloister is pure fantasy and contains a wealth of sculptures with a multitude of characters from the universal medieval imagination and other mythological or other cultures. Pupils will have to use their ingenuity and creative potential to create their own fantasy story based on these fantastic creatures.

Basic skills

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

Curricular objectives

  • Get to know the life of the monastery and the Order of Sant Benet.
  • To participate actively.
  • To arouse the children’s interest in the medieval past.
  • To stimulate their imagination and creativity.
  • To stimulate communication, inviting the expression of feelings and emotions.
  • To increase the children’s ability to concentrate and work as a team.
  • To learn through play.

Traces of time: study of a tomb at Santes Creus

Students will be introduced to the methodology of forensic studies carried out in the Royal Pantheon of the Monastery of Santes Creus, in order to analyse a last burial found in the monastery. Through a dynamic study of “time capsules”, different historical, scientific and vocabulary areas will be studied. The set of elements studied will provide us with knowledge about the characteristics of everyday life (pathologies, food), social spheres (knowledge of the characters of the time); the remains of preserved materials (fabrics, accessories…) will be analysed and the use of the scientific method will be explored in depth.

Basic skills

  • Visual and plastic education
    • Artistic and cultural skills.
    • Dimension of interpretation and production.
    • Dimension of perception, understanding and appreciation.
    • Imagination and creativity.
  • Knowledge of the natural, social and cultural environment.
    • The contemporary global dimension.
    • Knowledge of and interaction with the physical world.
    • Technology and everyday life.
  • Linguistic area.
    • The communicative, linguistic and audiovisual dimension.
  • Technological area.
    • Information processing and digital literacy.
    • Positive attitudes to learning.
  • 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

  • To learn about the role of the Santes Creus monastery as a royal pantheon.
  • Work on observation and deduction through the application of forensic methodology.
  • Identify the different parts of the human body and some historical characteristics of medieval pathologies.
  • To become aware of historiographical and gender knowledge.
  • To promote respect and recognition of cultural heritage.

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WOMEN Mothers, Wives and Abbesses

This visit is a journey through the different female testimonies buried in the male monastery of Santes Creus, where the role of women in the Middle Ages is defended. We will learn about the female presence iconographically represented in the sculptural programme of the main cloister, under a male vision and sexist indoctrination. We will study the role of the woman in the circles of the medieval Catalan nobility, through the tombs of the noblewomen Guillema de Claramunt, Guillema de Montcada, known as “Invicta Amazona”, and Magdalena Salva, as well as the role of motherhood, decisive and fatal, in the lives of two queens buried in the convent church, Blanca d’Anjou and Margarida de Prades.

Royal Tombs of the Monastery of Santes Creus

This visit reveals the royal pantheon of the Santes Creus monastery, where the visitor will discover the least known aspects of the kings Pere el Gran and Jaume II el Just, and the queen Blanca d’Anjou, who are buried in the transept of the church. We will find out what they ate and how their lifestyle affected them, how they were dressed and how they were buried, or what the figures in their tombs mean? The royal tombs represent the moment of maximum splendour of the monastery under the patronage and protection of the Crown, the only funerary monument of the Crown of Aragon that has survived intact to the present day. This visit will focus on the lives of the kings, but above all on the aspects surrounding their deaths, the funeral rituals and the various studies of the bodies and remains carried out by the Museu d’Història de Catalunya in 2010.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Miss. Stone and the mystery of the royal tombs of the monastery of Santes Creus

Miss Stone travels the world in search of unique places. She travelled to Santes Creus and was able to delve into its history, meet the people who lived there and reveal some of its best-kept secrets. We will follow this traveller’s journeys to discover Santes Creus through her notebook and her travel bag, which will allow us to learn all that this intrepid traveller discovered there. The activity is aimed at a family/intergenerational audience, from 6 years upwards.

What are we going to do?

  • Discover the Santes Creus monastery through observation and deduction.
  • To learn about the construction and occupation of the monastery, as well as the Cistercian Order and its characteristics.
  • To recognise the surroundings of the monastery, to identify its main elements and the importance of its location.
  • Use different objects for didactic experiments.
  • To encourage respect and appreciation of the cultural heritage.

Activities and visits to the Santes Creus Monastery

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