Join a convent

20 Apr
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Tantarantana

We’ve been having some yucky weather the past few days, but for today and tomorrow the forecasts are set to be quite good, so drop all you’re doing and come with me, for we’re going to join a convent. Yes, really! Trust me, you’ll be fine…

Located on the edge of the Born, between Carrer Tantarantana (a bit of a tongue twister, right?) and Carrer Comerç, the old Convent d’Agustí is a civic centre these days, dedicated to all sorts of cultural en educational things for those who wish to use it.  Some years ago I went to a concert there one evening, and it was quite magical. But in the daytime it has a lot of charm too. My favourite entrance is the one in the image above, so let’s start there. Once through the gateway, you’ll find a café on your right (below), but let’s continue…

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Café entrance

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Courtyard spotted

… for the courtyard is where the magic is to be found. Beautiful arches and lace-like rosettes can be found on this side.

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Pretty details

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The opposite side

Opposite a high pink wall with rows of large windows on each floor, and in the middle the doorway to Carrer Comerç.

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Mix and match on the side wall

The side walls have their own points of interest – the one on the right, is a mix and match of old and new, and the old has not been restored much, giving an idea of the state it was in before the convent was reconverted for its current purpose.

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The other side wall

The other wall is much starker, but it is in better, original condition, and has just a few narrow windows along its surface, plus two little ones, up high. The one on the right, offers views of the neighbouring building across an alley.

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Peeking at the neighbours

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Arch collection

But the best view is looking back towards the side we entered, where we’ll find a collection of arches and the aforementioned rosettes, and underneath, one of the loveliest spaces in Barcelona (in my opinion) to relax and enjoy a cup of tea, a little something to eat, or a chat with friends.

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Delightful terrace

The inside of the café is not too bad either! In fact, I quite like it for its industrial feel. I like the fact, that there is a cute corner for kids (a rarity!) and I just love the ceiling lights.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to join a convent? Well, whatever you do, have a great weekend!

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Not too bad inside either!

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