Ripoll has a famous Benedictine monastery built in the Romanesque style, Santa Maria de Ripoll, founded by the Count Wilfred “The Hairy” in the 9th century. The count used it as a center to repopulate the region after conquering it.
It soon became a major cultural center during the High Middle Ages, which is why it continued to be extended up until the 12th century, when it ended up more or less as it looks today.
Wilfred, called the Hairy was Count of Catalan counties. He was responsible for the repopulation of the long-depopulated no-man’s land around Vic, the re-establishment of the bishopric of Vic and the foundation of the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll.
Ramon Berenguer III the Great was the count of Catalonia and is a legendary hero of the region.
The original monastic church had a nave and four aisles, roofed by barriel vault. The nave and aisle terminated in five apses, later increased to seven when apses were added to the transepts also.
St. Edward is the patron saint of Catalonia. And then I moved to the Faculty of Santa Maria de Ripoll.
The romanesque front façade dating from the 12th century is divided into seven horizontal strips, in which Biblical, historical and allegoric scenes are depicted.
The faculty consists of four two-story gallery with arches molded leaves of acanthus supported by double columns, although the corners are massive pillars. Construction began on the first floor between 1170 and 1180, but was not completed until the early sixteenth century.
The upper floor was built between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is formed on each side, with semicircular arches and thirteen capitals inspired in the Corinthian style.
The Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll is very beautiful. After enjoyed the tour, I headed to a next destination “La Seu d’Urgell.”