Sant Joan de les Abadesses. Ripollès. Romànic. Monestir

Sant Joan de les Abadesses

The development of Sant Joan de les Abadesses village is closely linked to its monastery. It was founded in 885 A.C. by Guifré i Guinedella, and the town began to spread around it. The monastery is a must-visit if you go to the village. It is not only one of the best and most symbolic examples of Catalan Romanesque, it also houses the Holy Mystery sculpture and the altar pieces of Santa Maria la Blanca and Sant Agusti

Do not forget to download the audioguide on your mobile when you visit it.

The Interpretation Centre of the Myth of Count Arnau can also be found at Sant Joan de les Abadesses, as well as Espai Art l'Abadia and the permanent scale model exhibition of Romanesque, a walk around Ripollès, housed at Palau de l'Abadia, the old monastic housing.

During the 19th century the railway arrival took place and was used for the transportation of coal from Ogassa mines. It was an essential factor for the industrialization and the development of Sant Joan de les Abadesses village. Its location by the river Ter allowed the town to take advantage from hydraulic energy. If you are interested in industrial tourism, you can visit the ecomuseum El Molí Petit, Interpretation Centre of hydraulic mills and the fluvial ecosystem, where you can see some of the mill original pieces and miniatures, as well as some audiovisuals about the mill and its natural environment.  

Few years ago, the renovation of the Palmàs was completed. This is the house where Jaume Nunó, Mexico national hymn composer, was born. You can visit this wonderful manor house as well as the auditorium and the permanent exhibition about the composer Mestre Jaume Nunó.

Sant Joan de les Abadesses Tourist Office


Telephone: 972 720 599‎




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