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Renaissance and barroque route


Barcelona, one of the great cities of the Mediterranean, has been the capital of Catalonia since the High Middle Ages and from the 13th C. onwards the Kings of Catalonia. All this accounts for the existence of so many Gothic buildings, since thes period of prosperity coincided with the heyday of Gothic art.

Igualada. Retablo de Santa María, detalle.
Igualada. Main altarpiece of Santa Marí­a, detail

From the Barcelona coastline to the central plateaus of Catalonia.

This long route takes us from Barcelona through the comarques of Vallès Occidental, Bages, Solsonès and Anoia, with a series of optional side trips that enable us to reach the comarca of Alt Urgell in the Pyrenees, before returning to Barcelona along the Garraf coast, always, of course, in search of the Baroque art to be found along the way.

El Miracle. Retablo mayor, de C. Moretó.
El Miracle. Main altarpiece, de C. Moretó.

Through Maresme, Vallès Oriental and Osona

This route in the one that offers the greatest number of baroque and Renaissance monuments within the shortest distance, except of course the tour of the city of Barcelona.

San Celoni. Iglesia de san Martín
San Celoni. Church of san Martí­n

Through Camp de Tarragona, Conca de Barberà , Priorat and Ebro Valley.

This route through southern Catalonia includes works in the Renaissance and Baroque styles, both of which gained particular importance in the dioceses of Tarragona and Tortosa. It also offers a wide variety of landscapes, as well as historic buildings and works of art from numerous other styles and periods.

Tortosa. Detalle de la Fachada de la catedral
Tortosa. Façade of the Cathedral, detail

From Segrià to Urgell and Segarra.

Lleida, the capital of western Catalonia, lies in the middle of the irrigated Segrià plain. It is an attractive city to visit, possesing a rich architectural heritage with examples of Renaissance and Baroque art, and makes an ideal starting point for discovering the art treasures of the comarques of Urgell and Segarra.

Verdú. El árbol de Jessé, de A. Pujol (II), detalle.
Verdú. The Immaculate Conception, by A. Pujol (II), detail.

Through Gironés, Empordà and Garrotxa

This route begins in Girona, a city which, in the course of its long history, has built up one of the richest architectural heritages in Catalonia, including some fine examples of Renaissance and Baroque styles. Girona also offer visitors good commercial facilities, numerous cultural activities, and the pleasure of strolling at random through the quaint streets of the old city or relaxing beneath the plane trees in La Devesa Park.

Caja de novia con la Anunciación(s. XVI). MAC
Trousseau chest with the Annunciation (s. XVI). MAC.