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Discovering Àger

The fortified precinct of Arnau Mir de Tost
Àger is a small town located in the district of Noguera. It is bordered to the north by the Montsec mountain range, to the south by the Montclús mountain range, to the east of by the river Noguera Pallaresa and to the west by the Noguera Ribagorçana. The natural heritage of the surrounding landscape is of great interest, as is its history and its cultural heritage.

Àger still has the Romanesque and the neo-Gothic fortified precinct built by Arnau Mir de Tost in the 11th century and built as part of the reconquest of the Vall d’Àger. It was built over the ruins of the former Roman castle.

The most important group of buildings consists of the collegiate Church of Sant Pere and the ruins of the castle, which was built between 1034 and 1047. The church was entrusted to a community of canons. With the support of Count Pere d'Urgell, work on the cloister started in the 14th century and was finished towards the end of the 15th century.

Items that reflect its former splendour, such as ornaments and wall paintings, are now to be found in the Diocesan Museum of Lleida, the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya and museums in the United States of America.

The Church of Sant Vicenç is today's parish church. It was built in the 11th century, but over the course of time it has been enlarged three times. It houses a Roman sarcophagus from the third century, originally from the collegiate Church of St. Pere, la Mare de Déu de Colobor, and a Baroque-style organ.

If you would like to see more, you could visit the sanctuary of La Mare de Déu de Colobor, the hermitage of La Mare de Déu de Pedra or the hermitage of Santa Elena.

And if you would like to know more about Àger, you could sign up for the guided tours around the collegiate church of Sant Pere and the town's historic centre, organised by the Town Council.

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