For those looking to explore the medieval roots of Catalonia medieval, this full day tour provides the perfect opportunity to learn how the worlds of royalty and religion worked together. The Cistercian Monasteries of Poblet and Santes Creus are two of the best preserved works of the middle ages, and offer an exclusive view into the two worlds, in a magnificent backdrop. The Cistercian Route (or Cistercian Triangle) was made up of three monasteries and played a key role in the development of Catalan society in the middle ages. This tour takes us to two of the monasteries:
- Santes Creus, built in the 12th century, was an active monastery through 1835. It is the final resting place of some of Catalonia’s most important historical figures, kings and admirals. The stained glass windows and the baroque alterpiece are particularly spectacular.
- Poblet is the largest Cistercian monastery in Catalonia, and one of the few active communities of the order in the region. It is the royal crypt for the kings of Aragon. The complex is a beautiful monument that is filled with magnficent works of art.