THE BOI VALLEY. CATALAN ROMANIC
We advise a half-day or full day visit to the neighboring Valley of Boi, which is important for Romanesque collections in Europe due to its richness and artistic value, UNESCO has declared the Valley, heritage.
For the best time to visist call the “Centre of the Romanic of the Vall de Boi” phone. 973 696 715.
This area is at about 50 minutes away from our homes. In almost all villages of the Valley are beautiful Romanic churches, all of them were built at the end of the century XI and XII. Good examples are:
Sant Climent de Taüll Church: magnificent church with three naves separated by columns, three apses with arches and slender outer Bell, also with Lombard decoration and mullioned windows. Paintings murals of the year 1123, currently preserved at the MNAC (National Museum of art of Catalunya) and reproduced in situ are one of the best examples of the genre by the expressive force, purity of lines and rich polychromy.
Santa María de Taüll Church: just as fascinating to that of Sant Climent, maintained the same structure, with a beautiful bell tower built into the temple; the murals, also in the MNAC, are adored by the Virgin with child
Church of Sant Feliu: from the XI or XII century. The portal is developed under a vaulted arch with molding. Although it has undergone numerous transformations over the centuries, it maintains strong attractions, due to its notorious door latch, topped with a singular Bull’s head. In the North wall, there are two chapels of square and covered with canon plants. The exterior decoration consists of blind arches. Attached to the southwest wall, a square and four-story bell tower rises. In the two upper floors, open arched windows, delimited in turn by a cornice.
Nativitat de la Mare de Déu Church: dates from the 12th century, although subsequent amendments have been made to the structure. The latest reforms include the disappearance of two Romanesque apses of the side chapel performed at the expense of the porch.