Cartoixa d'Escaladei (Carthusian Monastery of Santa Maria d'Escaladei)

Wander around this monastery founded by French monks from Provence, who established here the first charter-house on the Iberian peninsular. They chose one of the most beautiful places to site the monastery, at the foothills of the Montsant mountain range, where a shepherd had dreamt of angels coming down from the sky on a ladder resting on a tall pine tree.  

Scala Dei was a fully working monastery until 1835, experiencing moments of great riches and splendour. During the seven centuries the monks lived here, they built mills and taught different farming techniques which included planting vineyards on the steep slate-based slopes of the region. Thanks to these monks, the Priorat is now famous for its wines.

The Prior, whose name was taken to define the region, was in charge of the villages within his territory and was also in charge of their jurisdiction.

In the nineteenth century, the monks fled due to the seizing of their land by the state. The cells, cloisters, church and hostalry buildings were abandoned.

In just two years, this impressive monastery was converted into a ruin, due to the local peasant farmers ransacking and burning it, tired of being submitted to the tirany of tithes, serfdom and oppression.

Nowadays this historical site shares its name with the internationally famous wine appellation DOC Priorat which can be found in the central area of today's county of the same name.

The ruined monastery is open to the public. Visitors are guided around its three cloisters, church and refectory, whilst learning the purpose of each building. There is a reconstructed cell and another cell, which was consolidated during 2007, shows the stone basins which the apothecary monk used.

The Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei (Escaladei in Catalan) is one of the most important historic sites of the Priorat.

OPENING TIMES:

1st October to 15th December and 1st March to 31st May:
10am to 5pm

16th December to 28th February:
10am to 3.30pm

1st of June to 30th of September
10am to 7.30pm

Closed on Mondays (not including Bank Holiday Mondays), 1st and 6th January and 25 and 26 December 

GUIDED TOURS IN CATALAN AND SPANISH (advance booking required at 977 638 329):

1st October to 15th December and 1st March to 31st May:

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11.15am (in Spanish), 12.15pm (in Catalan) and 4pm (in Catalan)

16th December to 28th February:
Saturdays: at 11.15am (in Spanish), 12.15pm (in Catalan) and 1.30pm (in Catalan)

Sundays and Public Holidays: at 11.15am (in Spanish) and 12.15pm (in Catalan) 

1st June to 14th July and 12th to 30th September: :
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11:30am (in Spanish), 12.30pm (in Catalan), 5pm (in Catalan) and 6pm (in Catalan)

15th July to 11th September:
Every day (except Mondays): 10.30am (in Catalan), 11.30am (in Spanish), 12.30am (in Catalan), 4.30pm (in Catalan), 5.30pm (in Spanish) and 6.30pm (in Catalan)

PRICES:

General: 3,50 €

Reduced: (people over 65 year and under 25 year, retired, families (2 adults and 1 child or more), dissabled, Carnet jove: 2,50 €

Special reduced (scholar groups with teachers who made a reservation in monuments and archeological sites between the 1st May and 31st Augsut, single parent families and families with 3 or more children): 1,50 €

Free (children under 8 year, unemployed, teachers and tourist guides, members of the Association of Museòlegs de Catalunya, ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments), scholar gropus with teachers with advance booking required (except for mNACTEC) and Carnet Súper 3)
 
Guided tour (general fee): 6,50 €
Guided tour (reduced fee): 5,50 €
Guided tour (special reduced fee): 4,50 €

Free entrance every last Tuesday of month from October to Junes

Catalan/Spanish guided tours Tuesday to Friday (advance booking required): 65 € + tickets
Other languages guided tours Tuesday to Friday (advance booking required): 81 € + tickets
 

Cartoixa d’Escaladei
Track to la Cartoixa, no number
43379 Escaladei
Tel.: 977 82 70 06
escaladei.cultura@gencat.cat
www.mhcat.cat

 

Continguts relacionats

Municipi

Restaurant

Els TroncsHostel-RestaurantEscaladeiRambla de la Cartoixa, 6977 827 158 e-mail
El Rebost De La CartoixaRestaurant-BarEscaladeiRambla Cartoixa, 15977 827 149 e-mail Web
Llesqueria La PlaçaRestaurant-BarEscaladeiPlaça del Priorat, 6977 827 327 e-mail Web

Allotjament

Els TroncsEscaladeiHostel-RestaurantRambla Cartoixa, 6977 827 158 e-mail

Celler

Celler La Conreria d'Scala DeiDOC PrioratEscaladeiMitja Galta, 32 (Finca Les Brugueres) | Escaladei977 827 055 e-mail Web
Celler Joan AmetllerDOC PrioratLa Morera de MontsantFinca Mas del Mustardo, s/n. Ctra. de La Morera de Montsant a Cornudella de Montsant.977 098 100 e-mail Web
Cellers de Scala DeiDOC PrioratEscaladeiRbla. Cartoixa, s/n | Escaladei977 827 027 / 977 827 173 e-mail Web

Punt d'interès

Basic page

Ruta

Vinateria / Agrobotiga

La Vinateria del Boli Mitja Galta, 28 977 827 194 e-mail Web

Punt de paisatge del vi