How to visit the Món Sant Benet monastery near Barcelona

Món Sant Benet monastery near Barcelona

An interesting and curious visit to do in a getaway from Barcelona it's the monastery Món Sant Benet, which is very close to Manresa, in the interior region of Bages.

And I say curious because it is part of a cultural and tourist project where you can visit three different spaces and stay in a very comfortable four star hotel.

This old monastery that was abandoned during the confiscation of Mendizábal, in 1835, is the germ of this cultural complex where you can also visit space Ramón Casas, modernist area where the family of said Catalan painter resided.

Món Sant Benet's story

The origins of monastery of Sant Benet de Bages They date back to a first pre-Romanesque monastery from 960, although the building we are now visiting is from the 12th century and from romantic style, with some corners of Gothic style.

The original building was destroyed by a fire in the eleventh century, and the current one was built by Benedictine monks.

After a time of splendor during the Middle Ages, the plague and other avatars caused the monastery to fall into decline from the fifteenth century.

Since 1620 Món Sant Benet housed a art school, and then it became a welcoming space for the most veteran monks of the nearby Monastery of Montserrat.

Cloister of the Món Sant Benet monastery near Barcelona

From the aforementioned confiscation the monastery was abandoned, and only the activity in the church was maintained.

Finally in 1907 it was acquired by the painter's family Ramón Casas, who restored it and turned it into a family summer residence.

The current cultural and leisure complex managed by the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation It was opened in 2007.

Visit of Món Sant Benet

The visit of the monastery of Sant Benet it's made on guided groups and it lasts an hour and a quarter, including the vision of an audiovisual projecting in the church space.

During the same, in addition to the church, the small but charming cloister with Romanesque columns is covered, as well as other monastic spaces, such as the cloister, in which the baroque ceiling decoration is maintained.

Cloister of the monastery Món Sant Benet near Barcelona

An element to highlight, in addition to the aforementioned cloister, is the figure of a Virgin of the twelfth century, which in the sixteenth century was restored and painted in baroque style.

Ramón Casas space visit

In Sant Benet you can also do the visit of the modernist space Ramón Casas, which occupies the place where the monks' cells in the monastery were located.

This place was rehabilitated by the family of Ramón Casas to turn it into a summer residence, and now in the tour of the visit through the different rooms you can see a wide and interesting collection of furniture and objects that belonged to that family.

In addition, in this 45-minute visit you can also see some of Ramón Casas's paintings.

Ramón Casas space in Món Sant Benet near Barcelona

Visit Alicia Foundation

Finally, if you are fond of gastronomy, In the complex Món Sant Benet You also have the possibility to visit the Alicia Foundation, a research center related to cooking.

With an hour duration, during this visit they will let you know some of the keys to have a good nutrition, with various curiosities such as why we like some foods more than others.

Schedules and prices visit Món Sant Benet

The Món Sant Benet schedules they are, from Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (until 6 p.m. in summer), on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sundays and holidays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in April, May, October and November , from 9, to 19 hours).

To sign up for Guided visits of the old monastery and space Ramón Casas, you must call 93 875 94 01, or contact by email[email protected].

Món Sant Benet monastery church near Barcelona

The Alicia Foundation visiting hours, which are only held on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, you can check them on the phone at 93 875 94 01 or email[email protected]

Here you can check the ticket prices to visit the different spaces of Món Sant Benet.

How to get to Món Sant Benet

He monastery of Món Sant Benet It is located in the complex of the same name, next to the population of Sant Fruitós de Bages, very close to Manresa, and an hour's drive from Barcelona

Photos of Món Sant Benet

Here you have more Món Sant Benet's picturesboth of monastery as of Ramón Casas space, place to visit near Manresa in the province of Barcelona.