Romanesque weekend: from the Ripollès to Northern Catalonia | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


1. Santa Maria de Ripoll (Autor: Josep Giribet)
2. Sant Jaume de Frontanyà (Autor: Bob Masters)
3. Sant Quirze de Pedret
4. Fàbrica de Ciment Asland

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Romanesque weekend: from the Ripollès to Northern Catalonia

Get to know the Romanesque style of the counts
We suggest you to begin the journey at the final resting place of such illustrious characters as Guifré el Pilós, Ramon Berenguer III, Ramon Berenguer IV and Bernat Tallaferro. We are speaking of the monastery of Sant Maria de Ripoll: it is an emblematic monument of the Romanesque style consecrated in 888. Taking time to view the sculptures of its magnificent portico is essential!


In Sant Jaume de Frontanyà you will find a survivor of the Romanesque: its monastery. Of the original building only the church, three apses and transept remain. Observe its 12-sided dome, unique in all of the Catalan Romanesque style.

Art and work define the Berguedà. In Cercs you can visit the pre-Romanesque church of Pedret after passing over the Gothic bridge that provides access. Don’t forget the town's most recent history, explored in greater depth in the Museu de les Mines de Cercs (Museum of the Cercs Mines). To the north is Guardiola de Berguedà, also a mining region and also with a Romanesque treasure: The (restored) monastery of Sant Llorenç next to Bagà.

Before leaving the county we suggest you to make two more stops. The first visit is to the heritage of Pobla de Lillet, where the church houses a 12th century Christ. However, if you prefer to be outdoors you can pass through the Gardens of Can Artigas, designed by Antoni Gaudí, and the Romanesque Old Bridge.

The journey continues following the river Llobregat to Castellar de n’Hug that also shows you its two sides: the Romanesque of the churches of Sant Maria and that of Sant Vicenç de Rus, and the industrial side in the Asland Cement Factory.


In Bellver de Cerdanya you mustn't miss the bell tower of Sant Eugènia de Nerellà. Its peculiarity is that it is strongly inclined towards the southeast. That is why it is known as the 'Tower of Pisa of la Cerdanya'! However, much before the arrival of the Romanesque, this area had artistic marvels such as the cave paintings of the Ingla Valley Shelter and the remains in the Cova d’Anes.

Guils de Cerdanya is our penultimate stop. The Romanesque style of Sant Esteve de Guils and its ornamentation with animal motifs will surprise you... and finally, we give you a good reason to enter the Conflent: at the very foot of the Canigó mountain is the abbey of Sant Miquel de Cuixà. Did you know that its capitals are currently found in New York?

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