FOUNDED IN THE 12TH CENTURY BY THE CISTERCIAN ORDER , “MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA” IS TODAY A VERY ATTRACTIVE TOURIST DESTINATION

Protected by a medieval wall that still has its beautiful keep or Homage Tower in perfect conditions, Monasterio de Piedra is a unique site. A place where you can visit an authentic thirteenth century Cistercian Monastery where history fills every corner, as well as an amazing nineteenth century Historic Garden Park full of charming waterfalls and extraordinary flora.

To spend an entire day (or perhaps several), its location in one of the most beautiful areas of Aragon and its complete tourist infrastructure, with a fantastic Hotel & Spa, restaurants like “Reyes de Aragón” or “Piedra Vieja”, and a very interesting gift shop, make of the Monasterio de Piedra the best place to escape and just enjoy and relax with family, friends, or even alone… Discovering its magic is specially surprising when you walk around the Historic Garden Park.

The amazing richness present in Monasterio de Piedra, both in terms of history and of nature, make of it a unique place in Europe. OPEN ALL YEAR LONG.

 

1186

KING ALFONSO II DONATES THE LANDS TO THE MONKS OF THE MONASTERIO DE POBLET (CISTERCIAN ORDER, TARRAGONA)

1194

12 MONKS FROM MONASTERIO DE POBLET BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY TOWARDS “PIEDRA”IN ZARAGOZA

1195

DONATION OF “SEÑORIO DE PIEDRA” (SEIGNIORY OF PIEDRA)

In 1195 King Alfonso II ratifies his donation of Piedra’s domains to the Cistercian monks of Poblet, giving them complete control and jurisdiction over its territories. Photo: Letter of privilege of the foundation of the Monasterio de Piedra granted by Alfonso II in 1195. Today kept in the National Historical Archive (Madrid).

1203

CONSTRUCTION OF THE MONASTIC BUILDINGS STARTS

1218

TRANSFER CEREMONY

Works on the Monastery’s buildings were advanced enough as to be occupied by the monks, so on December 16th, the Transfer Ceremony of the whole community from Piedra Vieja to Piedra Nueva takes place.

1262

BISHOP GARCÍA III OF TARAZONA AUTHORIZES THE MONKS OF THE MONASTERY TO BUILD A NEW ORATORY

1380

THE MIRACLE OF THE HOLY DOUBT OCCURS IN THE CHURCH OF THE PRESENTATION, IN CIMBALLA

1390

FUTURE KING MARTÍN “THE HUMANE”, DONATES THE HOLY DOUBT RELIC TO MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA. TO HOST IT, A TRIPTYCH RELIQUARY ALTARPIECE IS BUILT

Photo: Relic of the Holy Doubt, today kept in the church of Cimballa.

1446

WORKS OF EXTENSION ARE MADE, AND AN UPPER CLOISTER IS BUILT TO HOST INDIVIDUAL CELLS FOR THE MONKS

1630

CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CLOISTER, OF THE SAINT MARTÍN SQUARE AND OF MORE CELLS TO EXPAND THE MONASTERY

1755

BAROQUE REFORMS

Photo: Cover of the Chapel of San Inocencio

1835

CONFISCATION OF THE CHURCH WEALTHS KNOWN AS “DESAMORTIZACIÓN DE MENDIZÁBAL”

1843

THE MONASTERY IS AUCTIONED AND PURCHASED BY PABLO MUNTADAS CAMPENY

1851

J. F. MUNTADAS GIVES THE TRIPTYCH RELIQUARY ALTARPIECE TO THE SPANISH ROYAL ACADEMY OF HISTORY, IN MADRID, WHERE IT IS STILL PRESERVED TODAY

1860

THE IRIS CAVE, A FANTASTIC EXAMPLE OF KARRSIAN PHENOMENON, IS DISCOVERED AND MADE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

Juan Federico Muntadas transformed the old Cistercian Monastery into a hotel. He also discovered and made possible the amazing visit of the Iris cave from the inside.

1861

MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA GUESTBOOK OF HONORED. AS SHOWN IN THIS BOOK, DURING THE TIMES OF QUEEN ISABEL II, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE SPANISH HIGH SOCIETY VISITED THE PLACE.

1863

TRAIN LINE MADRID-ALHAMA OPENS, MAKING IT A LOT EASIER FOR TRAVELLERS TO ARRIVE

1867

FEDERICO MUNTADAS CREATES THE FIRST FISH FARMING CENTER IN SPAIN.

Federico Muntadas created the first fish farm in Spain, naturalizing the common trout and the crab known as “ibérico”, in the waters of the Piedra river.

1873

THE FISH FARMING PROJECT RECEIVES THE MEDAL OF THE FRENCH ACLIMATATION SOCIETY, ACKNOWLEDGING ITS INTEREST AND GOOD OPERATION

1886

THE CENTRAL FISH FARM OF THE MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA IS RENTED TO THE STATE, AND MANAGED BY CENTRAL OR AUTONOMIC ADMINISTRATIONS UP UNTIL 2016

1933

MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA, S.A. IS ESTABLISHED

Monasterio de Piedra, S.A. is settled to develop tourist, agricultural and other kind of activities, in the place known as Monasterio de Piedra. 100% of its partners today are still descendants of Pablo Muntadas. Photo: Depository receipt of the shares of the Company. Num. 1 to 50.

1945

SPANISH MINISTER OF EDUCATION, IBÁÑEZ MARTÍN DECLARES THE HISTORIC GARDEN PARK OF THE MONASTERY “PARAJE PINTORESCO NACIONAL” (“NATIONAL SCENIC SITE”)

1983

NATIONAL - HISTORIC - ARTISTIC -MONUMENT

In 1983 Monasterio de Piedra is declared "National-Historic-Artistic-Monument".

2009

“BIEN DE INTERÉS CULTURAL”(BIC)

Monasterio de Piedra is officially declared Asset of Cultural Interest (Bien de Interés Cultural), in the category of Monument. This way, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of Aragon, completes the 1983 declaration of the Monastery as a National Historic Artistic Monument and defines its protection area including the building and the area within the wall.

2011

MEDAL FOR TOURIST MERIT DELIVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF ARAGÓN

Acknowledging its important role in the development and awareness of tourism in Aragon, Monasterio de Piedra is awarded with the Tourist Merit Medal by the Government of Aragon.

2018

800th ANNIVERSARY OF MONASTERIO DE PIEDRA.

Commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Translation Ceremony, when the Cistercian monks moved to the new buildings within the walls. Throughout the year, several institutional events take place such as exhibitions, a commemorative visual guide, and the first International Congress “Monasterio de Piedra, a legacy of 800 years. History, Art, Nature and Garden“.