European recognition for the medieval garden at the Monastery of Pedralbes

The Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes hides what the nuns there like to call the "little vegetable garden". This medieval garden has been chosen by the European Heritage Hub as one of the ten best European practices in cultural heritage.

04/05/2024 11:08 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The pilot project by the European Union was conceived to help drive the transition to a sustainable, digital and integrating society, and highlights projects that contribute to the digital, green and social transformation of cities.

In this context, the medieval garden at the Monestir de Pedralbes, a walled area of nearly 3,000 square metres of cultivation space by the southern façade, has been recognised by the European Heritage Hub.

A project to regain history

The museum at the monastery started a project in 2017 to regain the original use of this space, to reconstruct an allotment with four plots, just as it would have been in medieval times.

The little vegetable garden is used to grow crops typical in medieval Europe, and even to experiment with cultivation techniques from the time, acting as a space for learning and environmental culture.

The monastery offers guided tours and activities, some of which enable people to discover the workings of the medieval garden. You can find these on the monastery website.

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