There are two main architecture periods in the Middle Ages. The Romanesque style arrived to our land around 1000 years ago. There aren’t many remains left in town, as most of the buildings were later on substituted by Gothic buildings (the following medieval period) during Barcelona’s first golden age. Discovering them is going back to the time of the Counts and Countesses and the cradle of Catalonia.
We’ll walk around the Old Town, and then we’ll go to the MNAC museum to visit their amazing collection of Romanesque frescos, unique in Europe
In 4h we can cover:
- Barcelona Cathedral. Although the Main building of the Corinth Cathedral is Gothic, we can visit inside the burial place of the Count of Barcelona Ramon Berenguer and his wife Almodis, founders of the Romanesque cathedral in 1058. We can also see the All of them Llúcia from the same period.
- Romanesque Chapels. Little is left of the hospitals and hostelries that used to be in the suburbs of the Romanesque Barcelona. However, a few small chapels whole testimonial on this past gone forever. Marcús in La Ribera, and St. Llàtzer in Raval are two examples of that.
- Monastery of St. Pau del Camp. Most of it can still be seen along the streets, or even inside shops and cafés.
- MNAC Museum. The tour will finish at the Museum of National Art of Catalonia, featuring the best collection of Romanesque frescoes in the whole world. The paintings were carefully removed from their churches of origin in the Pyrenees and proudly displayed in this museum, safely away from the hands of avid foreign collectors. After visiting the Romanesque section, when the tour is over, you can choose to stay and explore the rest of the museum on your own.