Món Sant Benet
LocationCamí de Sant Benet de Bages, s/n. Sant Fruitós de Bages
+34 938 759 401
We are at Sant Fruitós de Bages, 10 minutes from Manresa, 40 from Barcelona, just over an hour from Girona and less than an hour and a half from Tarragona.
VisitMón Sant Benet offers a range of tours and activities to experience a world of unique emotions.
Visits to the monastery invites visitors to discover it through a museography that suggests a trip back in time. Projections, holograms, multi-sensory effects, allow visitors to delve into this fascinating history and relive the thousand-year history of the monastery, from the foundation to the tenth century, until it became Ramon Casas in his summer mansion in the early twentieth century.
The medieval visit “A thousand years of sensations” is a tour of the most emblematic parts of the monastery: the church, the cloister, the cellar and the cells of the Montserrat gallery. Duration of the visit: 1 hour 15 minutes.
“A day in the life of Ramon Casas” is a journey that takes us to the summer of 1924 through all the rooms of the cloister that the painter Ramon Casas and his family became the summer residence. Music, light, images, smells ... guide us through the halls and rooms for an experience full of suggestion and sensitivity. Duration of the visit: 45 minutes.
Prior booking is recommended for all visits.
Ramon CasasBecause of Elisa Carbó’s relationship with the textile factory Isidro Puig i Companyia in Sant Benet, of which she was a shareholder, the Casas Carbó family began spending summers in Sant Benet, following the custom of bourgeois families who would leave behind the city for quieter and more rural areas when the weather began to get warm.
Initially, they stayed in the Casa de l’Amo (factory owner’s house), along with the families of the other shareholders. The monastery, which was near the factory and had fallen into ruin in those days, was a perfect playground for the Casas children: Montserrat, Ramon (the painter) and Elisa. At the age of fifteen, Ramon had already made a drawing of Sant Benet’s cloister, which he published in L’Avenç (1881), the magazine he founded with a group of intellectuals.
In 1907, Elisa Carbó – who had been widowed in 1897 – bought the monastery property and adjacent lands at public auction. Thereafter, a major project was begun to restore the building to its former splendour, while also incorporating the new comforts of bourgeois life (running water, bathrooms, electricity, kitchens). The restoration was carried out by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
Ramon Casas always felt close ties to Sant Benet, where he continued to spend summers throughout his life, and he transmitted this passion for the place to his close friends, like Miquel Utrillo, whose wedding banquet was held at the monastery (in July of 1911), and Santiago Rusiñol, who put the building in some of his paintings.Ramon Casas in Sant Benet de Bages. © Foto Gomis, c. 1913