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Sepulchre of James I at Poblet. Jordi Escuer / Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0

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Conquerors for the day

Following in the footsteps of history: King James I

From his birth to his death, from the lands of La Franja de Ponent to Mallorca. The life of James I takes us through many landscapes. We'll guide you through some of them so you too can feel like a king.



The castle of Montsó was home to James I for three years: the Knights Templar built it when he was a child.

Sant Llorenç de la Muga i Bassegoda

The forts of Sant Llorenç de la Muga i Bassegoda were owned by the king, who purchased them in 1225. After his death, Sant Llorenç passed into the hands of the Rocabertí family.


In the Saló de Cent in Barcelona City Hall, you can find a sculpture of James I, crafted by Manel Fuxà.

Costa Daurada

The old military ports of Tarragona, Salou and Cambrils saw the Catalan squadron that set sail to conquer Mallorca. This was in 1229.

Monestirs del Cister

At the monastery of Vallbona de les Monges you can visit the tombs of the King's family: his wife, Violant d'Hongria, and his daughter Sança. To find the sepulchre of James I himself, you'll need to go to another monastery: the monastery of Poblet.


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