Sunday, October 9th
House of canons of Santa Maria de Vilabertran
As part of the European Heritage Days, we offer you a guided tour with a Catalan Sign Language Interpretation Service (LSC) in Santa Maria de Vilabertran.
At the end of the 11th century the church of Vilabertran was part of an ecclesiastical reform movement which has bequeathed us a Romanesque complex, today the best conserved example of a Mediaeval house of canons.
Following the orders of the Church to fight the nobles' power to impose ecclesiastical appointments and the moral laxity of its members, Pere Rigau brought together a group of chaplains to live in a community. At the same time three noble families donated the property of the church to the community. In that way, Vilabertran became one of the first Augustinian houses of canons, from where Pere Rigau tried to spread the reform by founding others.