The Romanesque, and the salt mines on the banks of the Noguera Pallaresa river | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


1. Vistes de Gerri la Sal. 2. Monestir de Santa Maria. 3. Diada dels Raiers

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The Romanesque, and the salt mines on the banks of the Noguera Pallaresa river

Visit Reial Alfolí de Gerri and the monastery of Santa Maria
Gerri de la Sal, located on the northern slopes of Pallars Sobirà, is a small medieval town that still retains its enclosed precinct. It is notable on account of its industrial and architectural heritage: the salt storehouse and the monastery of Santa Maria.

Salt was, until recently, the engine that drove the economy of Gerri la Sal. Today, it still has the Salt House, or Reial Alfolí de Gerri, the large warehouse where, from the Middle Ages, salt was extracted, treated and stored. It is thought to be the building that covers the largest floorplan in the whole of Pallars, and it now houses the Gerri de la Sal museum. Here you can learn all about the process of production, transformation, storage and marketing of the white gold, salt.


Just before you reach the village, on the other side of the river, there is a magnificent example of Catalan Romanesque architecture, the monastery of Santa Maria. It adopted the Benedictine rule in 839 and became an important centre for conversion to Christianity. Centuries later, however, it was disentailed and today all that remains is the church, with its entrance porch. The interior has 30 decorated capitals.

If you visit Gerri la Sal during the first week of July, take advantage of your stay to also visit Pobla de Segur, just 10 minutes away by car. A raftsmen's festival has been held here since 1979. The high-point of the festival takes place on the Sunday morning when the rafts come down the river. The raftsmen, dressed in traditional attire, sail down the river for five kilometres between Presa de la Llania and Pont de Claverol.

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