The Benedictine Monastery of Sant Cugat is located in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a town of eighty thousand inhabitants, 20 km north of Barcelona (among other things twinned with the Italian Alba, Piedmont). For a long time it was considered the most important monastery of Catalonia.
The Monastery of Sant Cugat, is one of the first Christian martyrs (Cucufate, died beheaded, after which the pagans had in vain tried to kill him at the stake and beatings), it was built between the ninth and sixteenth centuries and it is easily found in different styles of the church architecture, in Gothic, Romanesque and the cloister. Relevant from the point of view of art, is the cloister, which was also built several times. It has two levels and capitals which are finely decorated with figures of men and animals, which represent various scenes from the Bible. Also worth seeing is the rose window and the altar of the church, the latter is known as “retablo de Todos los Santos,” The Altar of All Saints.
The entrance costs euro for adults, free for children and the monastery is open daily, except Mondays (see the schedule of visits on their website). Sant Cugat del Vallès is connected to Barcelona with a light meter of the surface, the line-Vallès Barcelona, which connects the capital to the various centers of the hinterland.
Photo 1,2,3,4,5:Jose Luis Mieza