Can you imagine Lleida populated by only several hundred people? So was the case in the 13th century, when Pere of Coma
conceived the Seu Vella
upon the hill that had been occupied until then by the Muslim mosque. This will be the starting point of your journey through the Mainland Romanesque style.
The ancient cathedral of Santa Maria
, the most well-known in Seu Vella, is the main monument
of the capital of Segrià. Its original structure is in the Romanesque style and possesses one of the largest Gothic style cloisters in Europe. You can't leave Lleida without seeing the collections of the Museu de Lleida Diocesà i Comarcal (Diocese and County Museum of Lleida)
, especially the Chess of Àger
!ART...AND MUCH MORE!
In the land of Urgell, we recommend you to stop in the ancient centre of Tàrrega
, with notable Romanesque civil constructions
, and in Agramunt
to admire the formidable entrance way of the church of Sant Maria
Following the route northward, the town of Àger
is an obligatory stop. If you are an art lover you will enjoy visiting the Church College of Sant Pere
, the ancient road and the sarcophagus of the Roman era, which is located in the church of Sant Vicenç. However, it is also a worthy destination for science enthusiasts: right next store is the Parc Astronòmic Montsec (Montsec Astronomic Park)
.THE GEOGRAPHIC CENTRE OF CATALONIA
To the east you will find other points of interest. In Cervera
, Romanesque elements cohabitate with a multitude of styles: the Neoclassic style of the University
, the Baroque style of the City Council and the Gothic style of the church of Santa Maria
. With regards to magic, do you dare cross the Alley of Witches
The final destination of this route is a land inundated with the Romanesque style
. In the county of the Solsonès, the geographic centre of Catalonia, populations like Llobera
and Castellar de la Ribera
maintain Romanesque castles and the cylindrical tower of Vallferosa
was also built.
However, the church of Sant Esteve d'Olius
and the sculpture of the Mother of God of Solsona
, guarded in the cathedral, are the county's stellar artistic works. 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.