UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Come meet the maximum expression of Catalan Romanesque art. Impregnate yourself in the majestic natural beauty and the authentic architecture of the Pyrenean towns in the Vall de Boí.
Some places remain anchored in time; they are small redoubts in which customs, unaltered landscapes and venerable stones remain that have been there since ancient times. They are usually isolated places. Like this wonderful piece of the Lleidian Pyrenees, where intact landscapes alternate with a collection of Romanesque churches which, since 2000, have been part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.
Small villages with medieval scents, the proximity of the National Park of Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici and its Pyrenean culture are attractive enough to attract the attention of restless travelers. But the real jewel of this narrow valley are its nine Romanesque temples.
Also noteworthy are the traditional Fallas or Fiesta del Fuego declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
BEAR IN MIND
Duration: Full day
Languages: Catalan, spanish, english
Material: Comfortable clothes and shoes
Starting Point: Vall de Boi
WHAT CAN I DO
Visit the different churches of the Vall de Boí, authentic treasures that turn this small territory into a unique place, a particularly pure and homogeneous example of Romanesque art in a rural landscape maintained practically intact. These constructions were carried out during the 11th and 12th centuries.
To start the tour of the different churches of the valley you can not miss a visit to the Center of Romanesque, where they will provide you with the keys to get to know and understand the fantastic Romanesque ensemble formed by the churches of Sant Climent and Santa Maria de Taüll, Sant Joan de Boi, Santa Eulàlia de Erill la Vall, Sant Feliu de Barruera, la Nativitat de Durro, Santa Maria de Cardet, la Assumpció de Cóll and the hermitage of Sant Quirc de Durro.
Highlights include visits to the church of Sant Climent de Taüll, where you can see, with the help of technology, the original frescoes inside the main apse and the central presbytery. Although the original paintings of the 12th century are currently preserved in the Museu d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona MNAC, this new technique known as mapping will most defenetly impress you.
Boí National Park House
Ca de Simamet
Carrer de les Graieres, 2 • 25528 Boí
Tel. 973 696 189
Vall de Boí Romanesque Center
C/ del Batalló, 5 • 25528 Erill la Val
Tel. 973 696 715