Virtual Reconstruction of the Royal Female Monastery of St. Mary of Pedralbes

The Royal Female Monastery of St. Mary of Pedralbes, founded by Queen Elisenda of Montcada in 1326, was the second monastery of the Poor Clares in the city of Barcelona, after the foundation of the monastery of Sant Antoni i Santa Clara in the 13th century. From the 14th century to the present day, it has been inhabited by the Poor Clares, who have been living together under the rules laid down by Pope Urban IV.

In this section we will show the visualization, through a topographical survey, of the monastic complex of Pedralbes from the time of its foundation in the 14th century until today. The project aims at a virtual reconstruction of the monument visualizing the architectural and constructive evolution of the different historical stages through the study of plans as well as descriptions and graphic documentation. Likewise, this virtual project spatially restores the objects that were part of one of the interior spaces of the monastery: the church.

The basis for this study is mainly an inventory of the monastery made in 1364 by the abbess Sister Sibil·la de Caixans: Liber inventariorum omnium bonorum Monasterii de Pedralbes. This inventory, begun on Thursday June 6, 1364, contains all the possessions of the monastery as well as objects from some specific rooms annotated by the abbess. An annex to this document, dated January 1376, has also been analyzed. Made by a new abbess, Sister Agnès Ça Rovira, at the beginning of her abbacy, it comprises the possessions of the community, including some of the assets that the by-then-deceased Queen Elisenda had donated to the nunnery. These two documents therefore constitute the basis for restoring the objects within the monastic spaces.