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Sant Pere de les Puel·les Church

Sant Pere de les Puelles

Many of Barcelona's squares in Barcelona's Ciutat Vella district contain astonishing Romanesque landmarks. Time seems to have stood still in the heart of the neighbourhood of Sant Pere, where the church of the ancient convent of Sant Pere de les Puel·les still stands. A history dating back centuries marked by renovations which haven't taken away any of the charm of the original building.

The history of the ancient monastery of Sant Pere de Puel·les dates back to 945 AD, the year of its consecration. At that time, it became Barcelona's first convent of Benedictine nuns. From this time on, it experienced many changes in fortune that transformed the original Romanesque-style building which was built outside the city walls. The attacks by Arab troops, fires, and the expulsion of its religious community in the 19th century sealed its fate and the nuns moved to a new, permanent site in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi in 1879.

The church has been remodelled and undergone successive changes, and now, all that remains of the original church– where the nuns, most of whom were the daughters of the city's noble families, once lived – is a heavily restored Romanesque church which preserves some relics of the original one. They can be seen in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament. Only one of the two original bell towers survives. It is octagonal in shape and has six bells which can be heard pealing throughout the neighbourhood. This bell tower is well worth a visit and boasts some of the finest views of the city. The Plaça de Sant Pere of Barcelona, with the imposing presence of the ancient monastery, is one of the most charming spots in the old town, the Ciutat Vella neighbourhood, just a stone's throw away from the Palau de la Música.

General details

Address: Carrer de Lluís el Piadós, 1 (08003). Barcelona
Phone: 932 680 742
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Opening time: Guide tour + bell tower: the last Saturday of each month, at 11am (from September to June).

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Accessibility details

The church has a single entrance on the main façade. There are eight steps leading up to the entrance from the square. On the left of the steps there is an alternative ramp but it is steeply sloping. The ramp is attached to the stone wall and has a handrail.

We recommend wheelchair users are accompanied because of the steeply sloping ramp at the entrance.

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Motor impairment: accessible with assistance
The two doors at the entrance are made of wood and are 80 cm wide. The church has a flagstone floor.
Although the vestibule has columns it is spacious and there are no obstacles leading into the place of worship. The font is on the left-hand side inside a chapel that isn’t wheelchair accessible.

Mobility inside the church
There are some accessibility problems inside the church due to the arrangement of the wooden pews (five rows) and a number of columns. The central aisle is the most accessible part of the church. The floor is made of square black tiles that have become worn over the years.
There are three chapels in the apse, at the rear of the church. The one in the centre houses the main altar. There are three steps leading to all of them.

Last update: 19/07/2023

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