At the end of the 11th century the church of Vilabertran was part of an ecclesiastical reform movement which has bequeathed us a Romanesque complex, today the best conserved example of a Mediaeval house of canons.
Following the orders of the Church to fight the nobles’ power to impose ecclesiastical appointments and the moral laxity of its members, Pere Rigau brought together a group of chaplains to live in a community. At the same time three noble families donated the property of the church to the community. In that way, Vilabertran became one of the first Augustinian houses of canons, from where Pere Rigau tried to spread the reform by founding others.
To house the community, between the 12th and 13th centuries accommodation was built around the cloister, forming a unified architectural complex. Later the house of canons was extended with the funeral chapel of the Rocabertí (14th century) and a large courtyard with the rooms that were outside the cloister precinct (18th century).
But the landmark building is the church, which shows the transition of building styles between the 11th and 12th centuries. Inside there is a processional cross, the largest piece of Gothic goldsmithery in Catalonia.
Offered services: VISITING TIMES
– From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays.
– From 1st October to 31st May: from 10 to 13:30h and from 15 to 17:30h.
– From 1st June to 30th September: from 10 to 13:30 and from 15 to 18:30h.
Closed on Monday (except for public holidays), on 25th and 26th December, and on 1st and 6th January.
Notes: COMPLEMENTARY SERVICES
– Facilities adapted for persons the disabled and the blind.
– Audiovisual aids.
The ticket office and the entrance are closed 30 minutes before closing time.
Reservations and guided tours: 972 387 559 / firstname.lastname@example.org