EXCURSIONS TO VISIT THE ROMANESQUE ART IN THE COUNTY OF BAGES
There are a total of 13 signposted routes through the points of Romanesque interest in the county.
1- In the medieval part of Manresa
Inside the medieval part of the town of Manresa you can visit the County Museum and the church la seu de Manresa. Going along the river Cardener you come to the noteworthy constructions: Matadars, Sant Pere de Vallhonesta, els Comdals and Castellet.
2- Near Montserrat
On the way from Manresa a Montserrat passing through Bruc pass you can visit the splendid, small Romanesque churches of Sant Pere del Brunet, Mare de Déu de Gràcia chapel and the Sant Jaume de Marganell church.
In addition to the attraction of the monastery and the beauty of the landscape of the Parc Natural of Montserrat mountain, the massif is home to the old monastery of Santa Cecília de Montserrat and the old hermitage of Sant Iscle and Victòria.
4- Sant Benet de Bages
Sant Benet de Bages is a jewel; an example of Romanesque architecture in Catalunya. It has preserved the cloister and the sculptured columns. The rooms and spaces still conserve features from the Roman, pre-roman, gothic and even earlier epochs.
5- From Pla de Bages to Castellnou
On this excursion you will visit Sant Andreu de Castellnou de Bages (a basilica style Romanesque church and the best preserved example in Bages), the small chapels of Santa Maria de Claret, Sant Iscle and Santa Victòria de Bages, and the portal of the Romanesque church in Sant Pere d’Or.
6- From Navàs to Sallent passing through les carenes
This is a varied excursion which enables you to visit the round church of Sant Esteve del Castell de Sallent and Santa Maria de Cornet, one of the most beautiful Romanesque constructions in the county.
7- The Montcau valleys
The church of Sant Martí de Mura gives us the opportunity to see how Romanesque buildings evolved. The churches of Santa Maria de Talamanca, Sta. Maria de Rocafort, St. Esteve de Vila-rasa, and Santa Creu de Palou complete this interesting excursion that runs through the Bages side of the Parc Natural de St. Llorenç del Munt and the serra de l’Obac (Obac mountain range).
8- On the way to the Catalunya Nova (new Catalonia)
The torres de Fals (towers) have kept the medieval aspect that will doubtlessly captivate the visitor. Around, among woods and hills, Sant Amanç de Viladés and Santa Maria del Grau still preserve some remains of the pre-Romanesque style. Standing atop a hill is the gothic castle of Castellar.
9- Castellfollit del Boix
The Romanesque church of Sant Pere de Castellfollit is the fundamental reason for this excursion. The remains of the small priory of Sant Pere del Mont and Sant Miquel de Grevalosa round off the visit.
10- El Cardener
Going along the Cardener we come to Santa Maria de Cererols, the old village of Súria, the tower used in defence of the village and the church of Sant Salvador del Quer.
11- Between Balsareny and Gaià
Santa Maria de Ferrans with its two naves is exceptional even in the context of the county’s Romanesque architecture. Balsareny castle and the little chapel of Sant Iscle and Santa Victòria, both of them on this route, are worthy of admiration. They are near to where the magnificent work of medieval engineering, the Sequia canal of Manresa, begins.
12- Sant Cugat del Racó
On this excursion the undisputed Romanesque jewel which stands out in the county of Bages is the church of Sant Cugat del Racó, the unique Greek Cross style church in Catalonia preserved intact. Lombard decoration proliferates and its circular dome, above the square ground floor, is daring architecture.
13- Sant Mateu de Bages
Passing through the grounds of old castles this route runs through the largest municipality of Bages, and one of the biggest in Catalonia. It contains the largest concentration of Romanesque churches in one municipality.
14- Around els senyors de Cardona
Sant Vicenç de Cardona is the undisputed landmark on this excursion. It was the first church with its own college consecrated in Catalonia by the abbot Oliba. You can also visit the exceptional tower and church of Sant Julià de Coaner.
For more information, and to find out about the guided tours, please contact:
Oficina de Turisme de Manresa / Tourist Office of Manresa
Via de Sant Ignasi, 40 baixos
Tel. 93 878 40 90