Afternoon day 1: A 9th century monastery
When we arrive in the region we will head to one of the buildings that tell us about its historical importance. Sant Cugat has a monastery that in medieval times was the most distinguished in the county of Barcelona. The enormous rose window dominating the façade attests to its significance, as do the surviving walls and towers built in the 14th century. The Benedictine abbey has its origins in the 9th century and its church is in a good state of conservation, especially the Romanesque cloister, the jewel in the crown, with capitals that are well worth a close look. The cloister houses the Sant Cugat Museum, surrounded by the chapter house and former monastic rooms.