A journey to the textile past of the river Ter | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


Can Sanglàs, actual seu del Museu del Ter / Colònia Rusiñol "Can Remisa" / "La Blava" de Roda de Ter (mNACTEC)

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A journey to the textile past of the river Ter

Visit three historical sites around Manlleu
During the 19th century Catalonia, like other European countries, underwent a process of industrialisation. In our country the textile industry was the driving force behind this process, and the river Ter was a key element of it. We invite you to visit the museum of the river Ter and the industrial heritage surrounding Manlleu to discover more about the industrial past of the district of Osona, near the river.

The museum of the river Ter is located in the building that was formerly occupied by the Can Sanglas cotton spinning mill, one of the first factories to be built on the banks of the river in Manlleu, at the end of almost two kilometres of the Manlleu industrial canal, one of the most iconic from the period of Catalan industrialisation. You can see how a Fontaine hydraulic turbine works, and learn more about the unique process of industrialisation in this part of Catalonia.

This company town has its origins in 1866, when the Remisa industrialists became established here. Later on, in the 1870s, Santiago Rusiñol's grandfather bought Can Remisa in order to turn it into Jaime Rusiñol's cotton mill, the Fábrica de Hilados y Tejidos de Algodón. It is located on the main road from Manlleu to La Gleva, and of the owner's house and gardens can be visited. The building is a cross between Romanesque and Modernista architecture.

In Roda de Ter, 10 minutes by car from Manlleu, is the former Tecla Sala e Hijos textile mill, which was built during the early years of the 20th century. It is popularly known as La Blava on account of its blue colour. The poet Miquel Martí i Pol once worked here and the building spans the divide between the arts and industry.

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