One Sunday, with nothing to do, we went to visit the Monastery of Santes Creus, in the town of Aiguamurcia. There were quite a few cars parked so we were parked a little far. After a short walk and passing through two gates, we arrived at the square where there was a market. The view was promising and setting was very nice. We entered the monastery through a souvenir shop that sold the tickets. It was 4.50 euros per person and once inside we were free to wander. It was really impressive and is quite well preserved, so it was not hard to imagine what life was like in this place. A thousand and one details caught our attention, from the capitals, to gothic arches, tombs, the dungeon. We spent about an hour slowly making our way through. There weren't many people there or much noise, and the place was very beautiful, so it was very relaxing.
The church of Santa Maria Maggiore is like the icing on this beautiful cake that is the medieval town of Montblanc. Once you have entered its walls, it will be very easy to spot from afar and get to it. It's remarkably well-preserved and is undoubtedly going to be very attractive to medieval architecture buffs, who can contemplate a thousand and one details. Its facade and gargoyles left a strong impression on me.
The Priory of St. Peter is one of the most important monuments in Reus. Gothic in style and dating from the XVI century it is dedicated to St. Peter (patron of the city). It was baptized by the architect Antonio Gaudi. It was built on the remains of Santa Maria Romanesque church and its bell tower is 200 feet high. It's in the historic center of Reus, around Plaza del Mercadal and City Hall.
The Abellera hermitage is a 1570 building embedded in a cave. It's located in Prades in the Baix Camp region, Tarragona. If you arrive by car, go from the Prades Vilaplana road. It's well sign-posted, so it will be hard to miss. The chapel is surrounded by a stone railing and the enclosure is accessible through a door. Legend has it that a hermit lived here, spying on bees through a mirror, hence the name. From the chapel, there is a spectacular view of the Brugent river valley. If you have the opportunity to visit the area, do not fail to buy a jar of the local honey.
This church, outside the walls, is an excellent example of how you can use an old building that has no role for community purposes. The church houses the tourist office, exhibitions, such as Clickania, concerts and other events. Local parking is easily found and is definitely the perfect spot to obtain information and visit the old town of Montblanc.
This red stone church, typical of the area, sits in the main square of this pretty town and seamlessly integrates into the old town. I visited it on Palm Sunday and took advantage of the celebration, which I much enjoyed. Architecturally, it belongs to the Gothic transition period.
Belonging to Cornudella of Montsant, Siurana is a population center perfectly preserved and retains its medieval past. The Church of Santa María and its Romanesque architecture are fully integrated into the town's architecture. The bell village rooftops are especially emphasized, as is the cover that depicts the crucifixion. The Church is understated and charming, nestled into one of the prettiest towns in the province of Tarragona.
Built in the thirteenth century, with modifications at different times, the facade is very austere and Romanesque and the roof has archivolts and capitals. Inside is XIV century Gothic, with a single nave without an apse, a wooden deck, a coffered ceiling and polychromatic diaphragm arches. The altar has a big box with a beautiful painting of St. Michael the Archangel. There are small chapels along the nave and a large, striking cross with Christ crucified. The Municipal Tourism Office, based in St. Francesc Església Antiga s/n that is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00-13:30 am and 15:0018:30. On Sundays and holidays from 10:00-14:00.
A place that invites contemplation, with eroded rocks where the Hermitage of Mare de Deu de la Roca has defied gravity for years and years. I look for inspiration here from the many poets, writers, painters and photographers of the area.
On the Cami Vell (old road) of Reus to Prades (Tarragona) at 590 meters altitude is the Hermitage of the Mas d'Anguera. Near the Hermitage there's a crossroads with a sign with 4 directions: A Vilaplana, the Mas d'Anguera-la Selva, Reus and Prades. Turn right to access the Hermitage which is a simple, clean building dedicated to the Immaculate Conception that is surrounded by many oaks. The chapel is closed.
The hospital - church of Sant Marcal was built in the mid-fourteenth century. It was erected in 1339 by a wealthy merchant Jaume Marcal to assist the poor. The structure was not quite finished at the time, due to the plague epidemic of 1348. Following this, it was the headquarters of the Brotherhood of the Blood of Christ. Now, it consists of a single nave and, inside, stands the painting of St. Christopher of XV.