This monastery of Poor Clare Sisters, located in the Pedralbes neighbourhood in the Les Corts district, was founded in 1326 by Queen Elisenda of Montcada. The church is a great sample of Catalan gothic, just like the Santa María del Mar church. It consists of a single, very wide nave, and it is all crowned by an octagonal tower.
The monastery was surrounded by walls, of which only two watchtowers remain. The monastery is accessed through a door to the left of the church, and the first thing you see is a lavish two-story cloister in the gothic style, and a floor more in the Renaissance style.
It’s one of Europe’s largest cloisters. Around it is the tomb of the founding queen, the dormitory, the dining hall or refectory, the chapter house, cells, and other quarters. In the cell that the founding queen used for prayer, there are some striking 14th century frescos byFerrer Bassa, the painter who introduced that era’s Italian painting to Spain.