Monestir de Sant Cugat Sant Cugat del Vallès

In the center of the city, in Octaviano square, we find the imposing, majestic and powerful monastic complex. This Monastery was built in honor of the martyr Cugat, and became the most powerful in the County of Barcelona. Enjoy a walk through the history, architecture and art that the Sant Cugat Monastery houses.

The monastic ensemble

Founded in the 9th century, the Monastery is one of the most important exponents of medieval art in Catalonia. It was totally fortified in the Middle Ages, even today a large part of the fourteenth-century wall remains intact.

In the 11th century it became a very important center of power and culture. The monks dedicated themselves to worship and prayer under the Benedictine rule, while also administering extensive estates, and their abbots were highly influential men.

The monastic power and splendor are still breathed throughout the ensemble today.

The monastery church

Formed by three naves with the corresponding apses, it was built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Started within the guidelines of the Romanesque style and finished with the new forms of Gothic art. It is one of the best places in Catalonia to observe this transition of styles.

Inside the church you can admire various works of art, such as tombs, altarpieces, altars, and silverware.

The large central rose window on the 1337 facade stands out, which is of the same typology as that of the southern transept of Notre Dame de Paris.

The Romanesque cloister

It is worth a quiet visit and admire the best European cloister of Romanesque sculpture, with 114 unique capitals. It is considered the masterpiece of the sculptor Arnau Cadell.

The cloister is also a symbolic space, as well as functional, since around it the different rooms were arranged and the community life of the monks was favored.

A jewel of the Catalan Romanesque and one of the best cloisters for its artistic quality

Visiting schedule


  • From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • From June 1 to September 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


  • Every day of the week from 9am to 12pm and from 6pm to 8pm

Entry: Free


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