House of canons of Santa Maria de Vilabertran
In the late 11th century, the Vilabertran church participated in an ecclesiastical reform movement that left us the legacy of this Romanesque complex, today the finest surviving example of a medieval house of canons. In accordance with Church instructions intended to combat meddling by nobles in ecclesiastical appointments and to prevent the relaxation of moral standards among members, Pere Rigau gathered together a group of priests so they might live as a community. At the same time, three noble families donated the property of the church to the community. In this way, Vilabertran became one of the first Augustinian houses of canons, which provided Rigau with a base from which to attempt to spread the reform through the founding other houses. The most iconic building is the church, which reveals the transition in models of construction between the 11th and 12th centuries. The processional cross inside is the largest piece of Gothic precious metalwork in Catalonia.
This guided tour of the monument provides an opportunity to view the most iconic parts of the Santa Maria de Vilabertran House of Canons and to learn about the history and architecture of this jewel of the Catalan Romanesque.
Duration: 1 h
Charge: €3 per person, free for children aged up to eight (does not include admission to the monument)
Dates: by prior booking
Type of activity: guided tour