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Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp

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Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp
  • (worth a trip)
  • 1-2 km
  • Easy
  • Free
  • 1 hour or less
  • 3 3

Barcelona's oldest church in the heart of Raval

Carrer de Sant Pau, 101, 08001 Barcelona

The first mention of the church on the site dates back to the 10th century; although, over the years it was renovated and further expanded. It claims the title as the oldest church in Barcelona, and is reminiscent of the era when Raval, still lying outside the city limits, was known as a convent district.


The western façade is decorated with Latin inscriptions and carvings depicting animals and mythological creatures. The interior is rather simple; cross-planned ground floor is barely lit with arrow-slit windows, and the décor is austere. The cloister, built in the 12th century, features Moorish motifs, and a small fountain in the center.  The 14th century chapter house is said to hold the tomb of Wifred II, Count of Barcelona, supposedly the founder of the monastery.


Surrounding the church are tranquil gardens, known as Jardins de Sant Pau del Camp. There is nothing too fancy about the green area, but it is a nice change from bustling city.


Opening hours

Monday to Saturday
From 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00

How to get there

Metro: L2 and L3 stop Paral·lel
Bus: 20, 21, 24, 64, 91, D20 and H16.

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