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Poblet Monastery
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 12th-century
Date of Inscription: 1991
Location: Europe, Spain, Vimbodí, Province of Tarragona, Autonomous Community of Catalonia
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Description: The site is a Cistercian abbey in Catalonia; it is among Spain’s largest. A 12th-century church lies at its heart. The stark, stately monastery presents a striking scene, with its fortified noble residence and pantheon of Catalonian and Aragonese kings. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet is a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1151, located in the comarca of Conca de Barberà, in Catalonia (Spain). It was founded by Cistercian monks from France. It was the royal pantheon of the kings of the Crown of Aragon since James I of Aragon. This monastery was abandoned in 1835 and was restored during the 1940s. This monastery was the first of three sister monasteries, known as the Cistercian triangle, that helped consolidate power in Catalonia in the 12th century. (The other two are Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creus). It is a UNESCO World Heritage ite, since 1991. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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