Parroquia de Santa María de Ripoll, Ripoll

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll is a Benedictine monastery, built in the Romanesque style, located in the town of Ripoll in Catalonia, Spain. Although much of the present church is 19th century rebuilding, the sculptured portico is a renowned work of Romanesque art.HistoryThe Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll was founded in 888 by Count Wilfred the Hairy (called Guifré el Pilós in Catalan) who used it as a centre to bring about the repopulation of the region after conquering it. Wilfred's son, Ridulph, was educated there and was later abbot of the monastery, as well as bishop of Urgell. The monastery grew rapidly, and was subsequently reconsecrated in 935, 977 and 1032, though the monks are known to have been established there permanently only from 1025 or 1032. The scriptorium and the monastic school quickly gained renown under Arnold Scholasticus. The monastery had several offshoots which included the abbeys of St. Martin-du-Canigou (now in France) and that of Santa Maria de Montserrat. It was also known for its collection of manuscripts which numbered 246 by the year 1046, and later included the 13th century Gesta comitum Barcinonensium, considered to be the first history of Catalonia and written by the monks themselves.
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  • A visit to this monastery is a must if visiting Ripoll. A very large and impress structure, very well controlled and maintained. a lot of history here and you need to take your time wandering around.  more »
  • Must-see if you are in the area, monastery of the 10th century, full of history, the origins of many things, I recommend the guided tour, to understand the greatness of its history
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  • When the count Guifré I, the hairs had just repopulate the farmlands of el Ripollès, (with people of Cerdanya), and began to do the same in the osonenques lands, he wished to reaffirm his power in the new territory, giving the order for the construction of a monastery in 879 in l growing village of Ripoll, which would be enshrined in 888 to the Virgin Mary. Over the years, and after centuries, this place became an important cultural center where the best builders and thinkers would leave their footprints. Of this extraordinary work one of the most wonderful in Catalan lands, emphasizes excellent cover Romanesque, (12th century), designed in a large triumphal arch, the Church of a Lombard Romanesque basilical structure with five naves crowned pure with seven apses and its cloister built at the end of the 12th century, dominated by the Romanesque and the Gothic. Ancient pantheon of the counts of Barcelona, are still stored the remains, among others, the condes Guifré, the hairs and Ramón Berenguer IV. Visit it very much worthwhile.
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