Visit the most emblematic areas of the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, discovering the history and architecture of this jewel of Catalan Romanesque.
Santes Creus Monastery came into being in 1160 thanks to the patronage of the houses of Montcada and of Cervelló, as well as Count Ramon Berenguer IV. The monks, originally from Grandselve Abbey in Occitania, found the ideal place on the bank of the Gaià River to build a monastery that became and remained until 1835 the centre of one of the most extensive and influential feudal estates. Santes Creus was at its apogee in the 13th and 14th centuries thanks to the favour of the monarchs and the nobility. King Peter the Great and James II the Just and Queen Blanche of Anjou chose it as their pantheon and became active patrons and protectors of the monastery. Their remains lie in the church in two funerary monuments, regarded as outstanding examples of the early Catalan Gothic style and the only ones of the Crown of Aragon to have survived intact.
This guided tour of the monument provides an opportunity to discover the most important areas of the Cistercian abbey, such as the Gothic cloister and the royal mausoleums, while learning about the history of the order and of how the monks lived.
Miravet Castle, a fortress perched on an imposing hill and surrounded by 25-metre-high walls that seem to grow out of the rock, has a commanding view of the Ebro River and the surrounding area. Thanks to this strategic location, the site has been occupied by humans since prehistoric times and the castle played an important role in a number of wars.
It is still possible today to see some of the structures of the fortress built by the Moors on which the Templar castle was erected immediately after the conquest of these lands by Ramon Berenguer IV. The castle was donated to the Order of the Temple, which turned it into the headquarters of the Templar province of Aragon and Catalonia. This was the period of Miravet’s greatest power and splendour, an era that came to an end with the most tragic episode in its history, a siege lasting over a year that preceded the abolition of the Order of the Temple.
This guided tour of the monument provides an opportunity to view the most iconic parts of the castle and to learn about Templar history and architecture.