High-perched castles, paintings hidden for centuries and even elves who can't stop working for even a second, though they are not responsible for the area's excellent Romanesque style, so we believe...
You will find these and other surprises upon crossing three of the largest counties in Catalonia: the Alt Urgell
, Pallars Sobirà
and Pallars Jussà
.CONTROL OF THE TERRITORY
In the Serra del Montsec
, dominating the Conca de Tremp, on a hill you will find a luxurious medieval pair separated by only 100 metres. The Castle of Mur
and the ancient Monastery of Sant Maria
are two extraordinary examples of Romanesque religious and civil architecture.
If you cross the Noguera Pallaresa river, you will arrive at another exceptional place
contains four 11th
century churches and the murals of an even older castle. In Isona and Conca Dellà
historic, architectural and paleontological heritage coexists: there are castles, churches, vestiges of the of Civil War and dinosaur remains that you can study in the open air or in the Museu de la Conca Dellà (Museum of la Conca Dellà)
In the Vall Fosca
one must stop in the churches of Cabdella
and Tower of Cabdella
. Additionally, if you are interested in more recent history, a visit to the Hydroelectric Museum
can't be passed by.FROM SNOW TO SALT
The Pallars Sobirà is the land of the minairons
, tireless labouring elves who have excavated the majority of the Pyrenean scree slopes. However, this county is also home to Romanesque jewels in València d’Àneu, Esterri and the Guingueta, with the vestiges of the canonry of Santa Maria of Àneu
at the front.
If you enter into Baix Pallars, it is worthwhile to stop and study the singular two-level apse of Sant Serni de Baiasca
and its mural paintings
, of which few are conserved in situ
in the Pyrenees. In Gerri de la Sal
you will find the church
of the ancient Visigoth monastery and the only preserved remnant of the ancient abbey.ALT URGELL, CENTRE OF CHRISTIANITY
In the Seu d’Urgell is one of the largest cathedrals in Catalonia
: Santa Maria d’Urgell
is the only preserved fully Romanesque structure. The church of Sant Climent de Coll of Nargó
is more modest; the horseshoe arch picture windows on the first section of the bell tower are a testament to Islamic influence.
Visiting the paintings of Estamariu
and the monastery of Sant Sadurní de Tavèrnoles
in Anserall are two of the best way to finish this route. However, we are too close to Andorra
to not visit the small church of Sant Miquel d'Engolasters
and the interesting pre-Romanesque temple of Santa Coloma
.Have we managed to inspire you? If you have any other interesting suggestions please send them to us on Facebook or publish your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #patrimonicultural.