Monastero di Santa Maria di Poblet - From Entrance, Spain
Monastero di Santa Maria di Poblet is a formidably beautiful medieval complex located in the town of Poblet, near Tarragona in Spain. Initially founded as a royal residence in the 12th century,it was later used as a royal burial site and as a secret refuge of the Templar Knights. The monastery served pristinely preserved by the Spanish monarchy, and visitors can marvel at the massive figures of carved-stone depicting religious figures and coat-of-arms that adorn the monastery walls. The most beautiful of the buildings is the 14th-century Romanesque-style basilica surrounded by four majestic bell-towers. Inside, a hall with 20 tombs of kings and other members of the Royal family offer an unforgettable visit. The cloister showcases one of the most extraordinary elements of the Monastery, with pyramidal columns adorned with Biblical scenes. There are also a number of gardens that offer a peaceful respite from the panoply of stone structures. It’s a truly awe-inspiring place!