Berguedà is a region full of nature but also of artistic history. Romanesque is the architectural and pictorial trend with the most presence in the region . This style developed in western Europe between the 11th and 12th centuries consists of small churches and monasteries built in remote places in the Catalan territory. Currently, Berguedà has 11 pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches, of which 5 are open to the public . On the Civitas Cultura website you will find all the information.
Going back in time and entering the world of Romanesque art can be a good way for the little ones to get to know one of the most distinguished styles of Catalan art and architecture in a fun way. As we have said, the Berguedà is full of elements created during this time of history, so it is sure that in each of the walks you take you will find some element from this splendid time.
Which Romanesque monasteries and churches are the most interesting to visit in Berguedà?
1. Sant Llorenç Monastery
This monastery located in the town of Guardiola de Berguedà, just 15 minutes from our hotel, still retains the charm of silence typical of monasteries. Furthermore, it is one of the first monasteries in Catalonia. Currently, it is a territorial cultural center with a very creative cultural program that changes season after season.
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: visits at 10, 11 and 12 hours.
On August 6, 13, 20 and 27 visits at 10, 11 and 12 noon.
On December 7 visits at 10, 11 and 12 hours.
At these times it is not necessary to make a reservation, you can go directly to the venue.
Closed on December 25 and 26, and in January, February and March.
Ordinary ticket: € 3
Reduced ticket: € 2
Extraordinary tickets outside opening hours: Minimum € 30
More information about the monastery and the cultural program at this link . It includes family activities on first Saturday every month at 5pm, don't miss it!
2. Monastery of Santa Maria de Lillet
Santa Maria de Lillet is one of the largest monasteries in the Berguedà region. Furthermore, being right in front of Pedraforca makes this monastery even more special. This beautiful monastery located less than half an hour from El Jou Nature has always been committed to promoting art and culture, in fact, it currently exhibits contemporary works of art, thus presenting a creative present and a future open to solidarity civilization.
Shcedules and prices:
To know the opening hours and prices of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Lillet you have to contact the Lillet Tourism Office through its website or telephone 622.214.171.124
More information about the monastery and the cultural program at this link .
3. Romanesque churches in the Berguedà region
As we have mentioned, in the Berguedà region there are a large number of pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches. Now, there are 4 that stand out above the rest. We detail them below:
Sant Quirze de Pedret:
Located about 20 minutes from El Jou Nature, it is one of the main works of pre-Romanesque architecture in our country. Its natural environment inspires tranquility and the Romanesque bridge next to it makes the postcard even more perfect.
Sant Sadurní de Rotgers:
45 minute trip between El Jou Nature and this wonderful church full of fields and forests. The current construction of this church is from the 11th to the 12th centuries and inside there is a reproduction of the altar that is currently in the Episcopal Museum of Vic.
Sant Vicenç d'Obiols:
The first constructions of this church date from the 8th century. Now, in the 20th century construction was reinvented. The Sant Vicenç d'Obiols church is located half an hour from El Jou Nature.
Sant Vicenç del Rus:
This old parish church was consecrated in 1106 AD and is located among beautiful meadows and forests. The paintings that you will find inside the church are reproductions, if you want to see the originals you will have to go to visit the Museo Diocesà i Comercial de Solsona.
You can consult information about these churches in more detail, as well as their visiting hours according to calendar and prices at the following link .
Discover the Romanesque of Berguedà
Monday, 20 July 2020
Berguedà is a region full of nature but also of artistic history. With 11 pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches, of which 5 are open to the public, it is a good time for cultural tourism with the family and for children to get to know first-hand part of our history.