Welcome to the Royal Monastery of El Puig de Santa Maria, the history of which starts in April 1237, when King James I of Aragon, together with Saint Peter Nolasco, founder of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy, discovered the Icon of Our Lady of the Angels, in this very same ‘puig’ (small hill).
After the Reconquista of the Kingdom of Valencia, King James I proclaimed the Statue of Our Lady of the Angels Patron saint of this kingdom.
Since then, the Religious Mercedarians have had the custody of the Royal Monastery.
The Order of Our Lady of Mercy had been founded in 1218 by Saint Peter Nolasco in the Cathedral of Barcelona. The Order was created for the redemption of the captives.
This building seems to be only one construction; however, it is two: the church, started in 1240 and extended between 1300 and 1340, is Gothic in style; and the Royal Monastery, the foundation stone of which was laid in 1588, and that was finished in 1700 following the Renaissance style.
GUIDED VISITS TO THE REAL MONASTERY
The Royal Monastery can be visited only by guided tour.
Guided tours are:
From Tuesday to Saturday at 10h, 11h, 12h, 16h and 17h
On Sundays at 12 noon
(On Mondays the Royal Monastery remains closed)
Visits are usually in Spanish. They are also carried out in Valencian and in English. Sundays only in Spanish.
The entrance fee is € 4 (€ 3 for groups of more than 35 people)
The access is made by the ramp located between the two car parks (Av. Verge de Puig)
The Monastery is not adapted for the handicapped.
During the visit you will see:
In the Cloister under: a wing of the cloister, the unglazed, the Gothic Salon (with a collection of «faximiles»), the Chapel of the Community and the Refectory.
In the upper cloister: the whole cloister, the Church (where you will find the Image of the Virgin of El Puig and the tomb of the religious Mercedarian Fr. Juan Gilabert Jofré), the «Camarin de la Virgen» (with paintings by Vergara) Royal and a collection of liturgical ornaments.
Groups of more than 35 people must make a reservation by calling 961470200 o mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to visit only the Church, you can do it during the opening hours of the Temple, half an hour before the Eucharist. Entering through the door of the Church.