Romanesque weekend: from Barcelona to Vic | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


1. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (Autor: Josep Giribet)
2. Sant Pau del Camp 
3. La Moreneta (Autor: Josep Giribet)
4. Castell de Cardona (Autor: Josep Giribet)

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Romanesque weekend: from Barcelona to Vic

Discover an environment of museums and monasteries
Barcelona and Vic invite us to enjoy the magnificent Romanesque collections of their museums. However, between the two cities there is a road filled with art and history.


There are numerous Olympic cities, though only Barcelona has Romanesque jewels so near its Olympic Stadium. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (National Museum of Art of Catalonia) has one of the most important collections of Romanesque art in the world.

Not everything from the Romanesque style can be seen in the MNAC, however. In the very centre of city you find one of the most tranquil spots of the bustling Raval: the ancient monastery of Sant Pau del Camp is a still little-known Romanesque jewel.


In Vallès, Sant Cugat was built on a wealth of history. The Romanesque monastery is found on the ancient site of a Roman fortress, the Castrum Octavianum. The same is the case in Terrassa, where the Monumental Churches of Sant Pere were erected on an old Visigothic settlement. Taking advantage of earlier constructions has been a very common practice throughout history.


The journey continues in the Bages area. History, myths, geology and art mark the personality of the spectacular massif of Montserrat. The popular Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, is an originally white Romanesque virgin that has been darkening from the degradation of materials and pigments.

In Sant Fruitós you find Sant Benet de Bages, an icon evocative of the Middle Ages to many Renaissance authors and one of the country's most important Romanesque monasteries. A similar esteem is warranted for another shining example of early Catalan Romanesque: the canonry of Sant Vicenç de Cardona.

We recommend you to visit again rooms filled with the best Romanesque examples. You can't pass up the paintings, sculptures and liturgical objects of the Museu Episcopal de Vic (Episcopal Museum of Vic). However, in the capital of Osona there is much more to see: in the historic centre there are Romanesque jewels such as the bell tower and crypt of the Cathedral of Sant Pere.

Finally you arrive to the shores of the Pantà de Sau (Sau water reservoir). The journey ends in Masies de Roda exploring the only Benedictine monastery of the county, Sant Pere of Casserres, where there is a permanent exhibition commenting the life style of 11th century monks.

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