Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Santes Creus

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UploadedDecember 13, 2014
TakenOctober 27, 2014
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/3200 sec at f/4.5
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Focal Length35 mm
ISO200
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The monastery's origins date to 1158, when the Lords of Montagut y de Albá donated the village of Santes Creus to the monks of Valdaura. The papal decree that was required to establish a monastery was made by Pope Alexander II, and construction of the monastery began in 1174. The complex was completed in 1225.

King Peter III of Aragon chose to be buried in the Monastery of Santes Creus, as did his son James II (1276–1285) and his wife, Blanche of Anjou. James II had a section of the abbey turned royal rooms, the original Romanesque cloister rebuilt in the Gothic style of the 13th century, and a dome added to the church's crossing. The walls were built under King Peter IV. From the time of Peter IV, the royal favour was transferred to the Monastery of Poblet.

The monastic complex continued to expand during the 17th and 18th century, until, following the Ecclesiastical Confiscations of Mendizábal in 1835, the Cistercians left and building activities ceased. The monastery was declared a national monument in 1921.

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  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (14 Dec 2014):

    STUNNING CAPTURE AND GREAT TEXT

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    Saroj Swain gave props (23 Dec 2014):

    wonderful....

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