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Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes

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The medieval world in Sant Pere de Rodes

Here you will see three representative elements of the feudal society: the monastery, the castle and the village
The monumental site of Sant Pere de Rodes is one of the most interesting places to learn about the medieval world in Catalonia. This place brings together three representative elements of the feudal society: those who pray, at the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes; those who produce, in the village of Santa Creu; and those who fight, in the Fortress of Verdera.
The Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes is sure to surprise you. It is one of the most sophisticated examples of Catalan Romanesque architecture. Between the 11th and 14th centuries, this was the main spiritual centre of the County of Empúries, thanks to the important work of its abbots and the relics it housed, leading it to become an important centre of pilgrimage.
The small town of Santa Creu de Rodes is located very close to the Monastery of Sant Pere. There you can explore the remains of the Church of Santa Helena, the foundations of some twenty-five houses, a stone-paved square and the gates of the fortified walls. The primary activities of this village were trade and craft production, to meet the needs of the monastery.  
The Fortress of Verdera enabled the control over the security of the entire town. The Counts of Empúries gave the fortress to the monastery, yet they were determined to recover it, thanks to its strategic value. This led to constant confrontations with the abbots. The views over the Gulf of Roses, the Pyrenees Mountains, the massif of Cap de Creus, Roussillon and La Camarga are truly unique.
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