Benedictines and Cistercians: The Reconquest in the South of Catalonia.

Sleeping room in the benedictine monastery of PobletThroughout the 12th century, the counts of Barcelona made a fresh drive against the reigning moors, thereby extending their re-conquests towards the south. The cities of Tarragona and Lleida were taken, as was the whole region up to the Ebro River. In this context, the founding of a whole series of Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries, as well as the building of cathedrals in these two cities, became important in order to repopulate the area. The transitional architecture from Romanesque to Gothic of that period, with the austere style advocated by the Cistercians, is still very visible in this area. Together with the beautiful Mediterranean woodlands, vineyards, olive groves and little medieval villages, turns an outing to this area into an unforgettable occasion. And you mustn’t miss out on the exceptional Catalan gastronomy of these regions.

This trip also gives the chance of joining in with the spirituality of the nuns and monks of these monasteries, and attending their liturgies.

A one or two full days’ return trip by car, bus or minibus and accommodation in the monastery’s hostal.

Distance from Barcelona: 125kms. Travel time: 1 hour 45 mins.

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