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I have two days off … Let’s travel to the heart of Catalonia

GOOD DAY OF CATALONIA TO ALL!

Barcelona lives in September 11 full of cultural and protest events, in a Day marked by the countdown of the referendum on October 1. The most massive act of the day is undoubtedly the mobilization that the National Assembly of Catalonia (ANC), which at the moment fills the Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Aragó form a gigantic sum symbol (“+”) .

We’re here again! How fast the time goes by, we are going through the third publication (and it’s not the last!)

We wish very heartily that those who have been able to enjoy the Solsona Festival as much as we do!

Now, like every Monday, we are looking forward to the next delivery of these informative blogs. (Many, many thanks for following each Monday!)

This week we will travel, literally to the heart of Catalonia. We will visit the geographic center of our lands, one of the oldest altarpieces in the country and we will discover some gastronomic corners of the area.

And for lovers of hiking and bicycles, we will show you the routes that can be done in the same area. So get your shoes tight, let’s start!

History and culture of the South of the Solsonès

Good morning!

Let’s touch a little history and culture of the Solsonès. We take the car and we will head to the Miracle, towards Lleida about 15 minutes from Solsona.

  • Miracle Sanctuary: The Miracle Sanctuary is a religious center dedicated to the Virgen del Miracle, located in the western part of the Riner municipality, in Solsonès. The complex consists of a church, a chapel, a monastery dedicated to Benedictine Montserrat, several places of reception: cells, Spirituality House and tourist services. It is worth mentioning the two altarpieces it contains: one of the 16th century Renaissance style attributed to Pere Nunyes; and the magnificent baroque altarpiece of the Miracle, from the 18th century and the work of the sculptor Carles Morató and the painter Antoni Bordons.
    • Schedule for guided tours: Every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays you can discover the best kept secrets of the Miracle Sanctuary, such as its baroque altar and sacristy, the cloister of the monastery and the Baath.
    • Price: € 2 per person

Apart from visiting the Sanctuary, we can stroll through the gardens and surroundings, with beautiful landscapes! Do not forget to take a lot of pictures!

After visiting the Sanctuary, take a guided tour, take as much photographs as the camera’s memory allow and rest for a little while in the bar at the sanctuary, we will head to Su, just 7 minutes from the Miracle.

  • Su: it is a town located at the headwaters of the Matamargó stream. It has a nucleus of clustered settlement. Formerly it formed an independent commune until in the middle of the nineteenth century it was integrated into the Riner term. In Su, we can visit the church of Santa Maria, the recotra of Su, the chapel of Miralles and the Collet del Moro.

Since we are sure to have a bit of hunger, we will take this opportunity to eat here in Su, which, like many villages in the region, focuses on homemade cooking, the one from the granny. We recommend the “Forn de Su” in a unique environment, where you will be treated as if you were at your home!

Having eaten and paused the food (if they are dishes like the ones that made by the granny, maybe will will peal until tomorrow …) and with the coolness of the early afternoon, we will take the car again and we will go to Ardèvol, about 10 Minutes of Su, enjoying the landscape as we arrive.

  • Ardèvol: Ardèvol is a village in the municipality of Pinós, in Solsonès, at the foot of the Sierra de Pinós and very close to the geographical center of Catalonia. Formerly it had a castle whose only rectangular watchtower is left. The population, of about 111 inhabitants, lives divided between the nucleus and the dispersed country houses. Only 5 minutes away from Ardebolo, we can visit Dolmen de la Pera, a funerary monument built at the end of the final Neolithic period and used up to the middle bronze that you can not miss!

Do not fall asleep, because now, we will go to one of the most wonderful and essential parts of the route if you come to Solsonès (apart from trying the trumfos, if you do not try the Solsonès trumfos, you will not have been here!), We will travel to Pinós, 10 minutes from where we were now and where we can say that we are at the Geographic Center of Catalonia !.

  • Pinós: Pinós is a municipality in the Solsonès region that is named after one of the five villages that make it up. It is located in the geographical center of Catalonia. It is also part of Alta Segarra.
  • Geographic center of Catalonia: About 200 meters to the west of the sanctuary, at 930.60 meters above sea level, there is a rose of winds on a large block of stone. In addition to indicating the main winds, he drew in the empty spaces between the tips some of the main symbols of Catalan culture.

We will start to get tired, so we will be finalizing our itinerary.

To finish, we will return north to Matamargó about 20 minutes from Pinós.

  • Matamargó: Matamargó is one of the five entities of the town of Pinós in the Solsonès region. There is no urban nucleus. The settlement is dispersed in the farms that make up the entity. In Matamargó, we will be able to visit “Les Casas de Matamatgó”, a farmhouse from the XVI century converted this year into a cultural space, where you can see, through a tour, how the family life of a self-sufficient house in the nineteenth century . The farm was a reference to the region for its ability to manage and produce in itself all the necessary products to survive in a farmhouse away from the main centers, which were those that had the services. To be able to see represented each one of the peculiarities of self-sufficiency, the original spaces have been adapted and restored as exhibition halls, delimiting the tasks that were carried out in each one.

And with that, we will finish our route, which at this time must have been dark …

You can return to Solsona along the road, direction Cardona, taking the C-55, which will take you to Solsona in an open and close eye!

It has been a tiring day, full of visits, culture, history and wonderful landscapes, we deserve a good dinner and a good bed in which to rest, because tomorrow we will rent a bicycle (or just on foot) and enjoy the landscapes that today We could not do with the car.

Good night!!

The south of the region on foot or on two wheels

Since yesterday we made a more cultural and historical route (and by car.), Today we will try to enjoy landscapes, nature and, above all, sports lovers, enjoy cycling or hiking.

We can choose between the following routes, which we will classify by distance.

Hiking routes.

Santuari de Pinós – Ardèvol – Santuari de Pinós

  • Distance: 15.23km
  • Route with beginning and end to Sanctuary of Pinós and that takes us to the Sanctuary of the Miracle. During the tour we can enjoy the landscape, the sources, dolmens, etc.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Sant Just- Miracle – Sant Just

  • Distance: 15.66km
  • Circular route that leaves from San Just de Ardèvol and goes to the Sanctuary of the Miracle.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Solsona – Pinós

  • Distance: 24.88 km
  • This route takes us from the Sanctuary of Pinós following the GR 7 to Solsona, passing through the Sanctuary of Miracle and Brics and vice versa.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Bicycle routes

Route from the Miracle to the Alzina reservoir.

  • Distance: 4.20km
  • This is a linear route with a starting point in the Sanctuary of the Miracle and arrival at the Alzina Reservoir. You can return to the Miracle by undoing your way or go on the signposted route towards Solsona, following the GR 7 marks.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Miracle route to the Riner tower

  • Distance: 5.80km
  • This is a linear route. You can return to the Miracle to undo your way or continue the route signposted to Solsona, following the Black River. If you make the route with BTT, the final stretch of the ascent to the hill where the Riner tower is located, it has a lot of difficulty as much as climbing or descent.
  • Download the route: Aqui
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Route from the Miracle to Freixinet

  • Distance: 6.80km
  • This is a linear route and runs through a forest track that was built after the 1998 fire to extract burned wood. You can return to the Miracle Sanctuary undoing your way or continue the route to the Riner Tower, and return by the Miracle route to the Riner Tower.
  • Download the route: Aqui
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Remember that there are not only these routes, you can do many more. To check them, log in Solsona Turisme and choose the one you like the most!

Information provided by:                                          Solsona Turisme

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Guided tour – Solsona Giant City

This summer, Solsona returns offers the possibility to take a guided tour that allows you to discover all the Giants of the city of Solsona, both the Festa Major and the Carnival.

This unique experience allows children and their families to get acquainted with the giants and their process of elaboration, in a quiet environment and beyond the respective parties.

In addition, it is offered the possibility of painting a small figure of stone cardboard to take a gigantic souvenir at home.

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Horaris, Informació i Reserves

Timetable:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (Except July 29) – 6:00 pm

  • Duration of the tour – 1.30h
  • This guided tour will take place until August 30th
  • Point of departure – Tourist Office

Information and reservations:

Visit the website www.solsonaexperience.com to check the offer of guided tours, to know more and to book visits.

What to visit – The Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona

The Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona contains multidisciplinary historical and artistic heritage collections in the counties that make up the Bishopric of Solsona, from the Neolithic to the 20th century. There are exponents of the most varied artistic techniques, painting, sculpture, goldsmithing, fabrics, ceramics, forging, metalwork, etc …

The Museum’s reservation is located on the upper floor of the building and the patrimonial objects that make up the Museum’s collection are not exposed to the permanent exhibition halls. This other fund has been classified into two major thematic blocks: archeology and art.

The Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona originated in 1896, when Bishop Ramon Riu and Cabanes, driven by the desire to safeguard and disseminate the heritage of the bishopric, inaugurated the Musaeum Archaeologicum Dioecesanum de Solsona, becoming one of the The first diocesan museums in Catalonia.

It was then a leading Museum that, like the Episcopal Museum of Vic, began an important task of collecting and preserving objects of sacred art and of liturgical use. Initially, the Museum moved to the building of the old seminary (building of Llobera Hospital, now the headquarters of the Solsonès County Council), together with a classroom of Christian sacred archeology, under the direction Of the Drs. Marià Grandia and Jaume Viladrich. In 1898, Bishop Riu, acquired a public auction collection of salt objects and works of art, from the Salt Museum of Cardona, owned by Mn. Riba and Fígols, who went to the Museum. Mn. Joan Serra i Vilaró gave the final impetus to this institution when he was appointed director by the bishop Lluís Amigó in 1909. He then created the Prehistory section of the Museum, which included thousands of objects from archaeological excavations that he himself performed throughout the Bishopric . It was an enormous task that gave the Diocesan Museum of Solsona a personality of its own and unmatched. This growth led to the transfer of the Museum to the cathedral overlaid. When Serra and Vilaró was called to Tarragona in 1925, Mn. Santamaria took the direction of the Museum until the outbreak of the war in 1936.

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During the civil war the revolutionary committee of Solsona, chaired by Francesc Viadiu, took over the Museum and appointed director to Manuel Boixader. The committee intervened directly in the salvation of the Museum and in many of the belongings of the parishes that were transferred to it and occupied the rooms on the first floor of the episcopal palace. Towards the end of the warlike confrontation, a good part of the Museum’s collection went to Geneva by order of the Government of the Republic.

A new phase of the Museum began in 1939 when Dr. Antoni Llorens took over the management and negotiated the recovery of property. At the same time, he incorporated new works that increased the collection and allowed the inauguration of the renovated Museum on September 8, 1944, with exhibition halls on the first floor of the Episcopal Palace and on the cloisters. Dr. Llorens remained at the head of the Museum until 1977, when he assumed responsibility Mn. Antoni Bach. Over the years without a renovation of the halls and the lack of economic resources, it forced the Museum to be closed temporarily at the end of the seventies.

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Ancient World – Roman World

Most of the ancient world’s objects come from the Roman site of Cal Sotaterra (Solsona) and from the ceramic workshop of Pla d’Abella (Navès, El Solsonès). In Cal Sotaterra, objects of ceramics and glass, small objects of bone and metal, and personal ornament are exhibited. Abella’s workshop shows an interesting selection of molds and ceramic containers, from the technique called terra sigillata. Also exhibited, from other deposits, fragments of pictorial mural decoration, an amphora vineyard imported from Italy, funerary areas and a tombstone.

Middle Ages

Pre-Romanesque

The Museum retains some important works that correspond to this stage. Specifically an altar now, from the church of Sant Salvador de la Vedella, two fragments of mural painting, the Orant and the Knight, from Sant Quirze de Pedret, and a bottle of perfumes, reaprofitted as a lipsanoteca, From the same church.

Romanesque

The exhibition of the Romanesque exhibits works of religious themes and liturgical use and structural elements of the former Cloister and Cathedral of Solsona, and other churches in the diocese. It emphasizes the volumetric reproduction of the central nave of St. Quirze de Pedret, where one of the most important pre-Romanesque and Romantic mural paintings of our country (s. X-XII) is exhibited.

Gothic

Gothic art exhibits different paintings and painting paintings on the table. As well as a wide variety of sculptural elements, mostly stone and wood, and various objects of liturgical use (13th-15th centuries).

Modern age

Renaissance

Of the sixteenth century there are four altarpiece fragments, corresponding to two altarpieces different from the same author, the Master of Dormition of Solsona; An icon of Crete, processional crosses and busts-reliquaries.

Baroque

From the 17th century, the altarpiece of Sant Martí de Riner stands out; The polychrome pharmacy cabinet and the mortar, from the pharmacy Pallarès de Solsona, as well as other elements of religious and profane themes (glass, ceramics, altarpiece fragments …). As for the eighteenth century, objects of furniture, ceramics, glass and oil paintings on cloth are shown.

Temporal exposition

OSSOS. A JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE AGES OF THE HAND OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

The last traveling exhibition assembly at the Archeology Museum of Catalonia arrives at Solsona, through Arqueoxarxa and the Diputació de Barcelona. The exhibition “Bones: A trip to the medieval era by the hand of physical anthropology” brings us closer to the living conditions of the Catalan populations between the 8th and 15th centuries through the study of the remains of ” Skeletons located in archaeological sites mainly in central Catalonia.

Rates

Individual ticket: € 4

Admission reduced by groups (Starting from 10 people): € 2

Reduced admission for retirees, unemployed, young people between 16 and 18 years of age, student card, young card, large or single parent family card: € 2

Free admission for children under 16, members of the ICOM and the Association of Museologists of Catalonia, teachers.

Open day on May 18 (International Museum Day), on September 9 (Festival of Solsona) and on 16, 17 and 18 September (European Heritage Days).

Timetable

Winter: (15 December to 15 March)

Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays (except Mondays) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Summer: (March 16 to December 14)

From Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.
Sundays and holidays (except Mondays) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

July and August open on Tuesdays.
Concerted visits, any day outside Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Museum will be closed on January 1 (New Year’s Eve) and January 6 (Kings) and on December 25 (Christmas) and December 26 (St. Esteve).
The Museum will be closed every Monday, holidays included.
Ticket sales up to half an hour before closing.

Guided tours

The guided visit to the Museu D. and C. de Solsona allows to know all the details of the permanent exhibition, from prehistory to modern times, by the hand of the museum’s technicians. The visit can be adapted to the available time and interest of the visitors.

You must make a previous booking by filling out the form.

Approximate duration: 1 hr.

Price guided tours:

– More than 10 people: € 2 from the museum entrance + € 2 for a guided tour
– Less than 10 people: € 4 from the museum entrance + € 2 for a guided tour