Monastery of Les Avellanes

Monastery
The monastery of Les Avellanes is a simple complex, not heavily decorated, with several buildings erected during the 20th century. However, the cloister and part of the church, which contains Gothic elements, have been preserved from the original 12th-century building.

The building of the monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig de les Avellanes that we can see today is practically all from the 20th century. However, the charm of the former Romanesque monastery has been preserved. It can be found in Os de Balaguer, on the road leading to Àger.

It must be taken into account that it is currently a place of spirituality and that it is also a complex formed by guest quarters, a restaurant, meeting areas, a holiday camp a little further away, an archive, a library and a place where a shop is set up.

The monastery was founded by the Counts of Urgell in the year 1166 and was one of the most important in the area, following the principles of Saint Augustine. In 1835 the community died out and it passed into private hands. One of its owners sold the sarcophaguses that were preserved there of Count Ermengol VII and his wife Dolça, and those of Ermengol X and Viscount Àlvar de Cabrera, which today can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 1910 it was handed over to the Marist Brothers, who carried out the necessary refurbishments to make it into this great place of leisure and relaxation.

From the original 12th century monastery, the cloister is still preserved, formed by semicircular arches that fall on pairs of columns with smooth capitals with little detail. At the corners and in the centre, the gallery is reinforced with cruciform pillars made of four engaged columns.

The church has a Latin cross layout from the Gothic period, which was unfinished due to the death of Ermengol de Urgell. For this reason, the nave ended up being shorter and causes the impression of a wide crossing, where there is a central apse and four rectangular apse chapels. The apse and transept are covered by a rib vault, but the original part of the nave has a wooden roof. A Gothic portal was opened up in the north wing of the crossing later on. The chapter room and the monks’ dormitory are also Gothic and from the same period.

Inside, there are no large sculptures as it is decorated in a very simple manner and sculpted works can only be found at the entrance door and the capitals of the cloister, and they are highly simplified works. In fact, this is an ensemble that seeks simplicity, leaving adornment aside.

Guided tours are organised from the monastery at weekends and for groups with advance bookings. Moreover, several activities and workshops are offered to visitors throughout the year. In the restaurant, wine tasting sessions are possible and the accommodation service allows you to live a spiritual experience.

  • Architectural style: Romanesque
  • Year of construction: segle XII
  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish
  • Ownership: Private
  • Annual closing: From 31 December to 8 January, Easter.
  • Opening hours - summer : Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 20:00.
  • Opening hours - winter: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 20:00.
You are adhered to: Arts and Culture
You are adhered to: Arts and Culture

Disabled access

Accessible area classifi
Facilities available for wheelchair users
Facilities available for people with reduced mobility
No facilities available for the deaf or those with hearing impairments
No facilities available for the blind or visually impaired
Accessible resource amen
Main access: ramp
Good natural and artificial lighting within the facility
Accessible WCs in communal parts of the building
Written signs and diagrams indicating the different rooms within the building
Observations
Counter with two heights or suitable height
Guided tours. No sign language interpreters or guides available trained to accompany visually impaired people
Types of inspection
Invalid
You are adhered to: Arts and Culture
You are adhered to: Arts and Culture
WHAT IS AROUND HERE?
Monastery of Les Avellanes
  • Monastery of Les Avellanes

  • Address:Road C-12, de Balaguer a Àger, km 181

  • 25612 Os de Balaguer

  • Lleida / Terres de Lleida

  • Monastery of Les Avellanes
  • Monastery of Les Avellanes

  • Address: Road C-12, de Balaguer a Àger, km 181

  • 25612 Os de Balaguer

  • Lleida / Terres de Lleida

  • Telephone:973 438 006

  • Fax:973 438 037

  • E-mail:avellanes@maristes.org

  • Web:http://www.monestirdelesavellanes.com

You might also be interested in
Grand Tour de Catalunya
Grand Tour de Catalunya
#CatalunyaExperience nº3
#CatalunyaExperience nº3 Magazine
desktop_mac tablet_mac picture_as_pdf