The Rec, the tanning district of Igualada | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


1. Cal Boyer (Museu de la Pell)
2. Cal Granotes (Museu de la Pell)

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The Rec, the tanning district of Igualada

Visit one of the first museums devoted to tanning in Europe
The roar of water, the smells, the noise made by horses and carts, and the sounds of workers coming and going, that was the backdrop to be heard continuously from the end of the 18th century along the water canal in Igualada when the new tanneries were being built.

Pay a visit to the town's industrial past, associated with the production of hides and wool, with a visit to the Igualada and Anoia district's Museu de la Pell (hide museum). Established in 1954, it is one of the first museums devoted entirely to tanning in Europe. The museum is spread over two buildings: Cal Boyer, its main premises, and Cal Granotes.

Cal Boyer is a former textile factory and is where the museum now has its main facilities. Here you will see many items made from leather as well as the tools and machines used for treating hides in Igualada. Be sure not to miss the 'People and Water' section, which gives a overview of the qualities of water and its uses. There is also an experimental water canal that shows the ways in which water can be harnessed to produce energy for industrial purposes.

Cal Granotes is a 17th-century tannery right in the heart of the Rec district and here you can witness all the crafts associated with the treatment of hides. It still has the two floors that characterise pre-industrial tanneries. The first, the lower floor, where all the procedures were carried out to prepare and treat the skins, and the second, where the hides were hung to dry from bars.

After visiting the museum, why not take a tour around the tanning district of the Rec with its water canal? The tannery facade still has its characteristic buttresses, and the its stepping stones, tanks, sinks and sluices can still be seen.

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