On the way to Sant Pere

Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, Alt Empordà, Catalonia.


(From Wikipedia)

Sant Pere de Rodes is a former Benedictine monastery. The first documentation of the existence of the monastery dates 878, when it was mentioned as a simple monastery cell consecrated to Saint Peter. An independent Benedictine monastery was founded in 945. It reached its maximum splendor between the 11th and 12th centuries until its final decay in 17th century. Its increasing importance is reflected in its status as a point of pilgrimage.

In the 17th century it was sacked in several occasions and in 1793 was deserted by the benedictine community.The monastery was declared a national monument in 1930. In 1935 the first restoration work was initiated. Cloisters of 12th century form the central part of the complex. The church, consecrated in the year 1022, is an example of Romanesque style. The nave ends with an arch leading to the apse, continued in the two aisles. Under the apse is a crypt. The monastery is considered one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Catalonia. In the western facade is a 12th square-shaped century bell tower, influenced by the Lombard style. To the side is a defensive tower, that was probably began in the 10th century but finished later after several modifications.


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