Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes – a monumental complex in a Gothic style

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes belongs to the order of the Poor Clares located in the Pedralbes district of Barcelona. Their buildings form a remarkable monumental set of gothic style. Since March 2012, the Pedralbes Monastery has been a heritage center attached to the Barcelona Institute of Culture. In 2019 it had 83,552 …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Medinyà castle – the response to the reforms of the Renaissance and neoclassicism

The Medinyà Castle (cat. Castell de Medinyà) is a castle in the municipality of the same name (Girones), declared a cultural heritage of national importance. It is located on a small hill where the old town of the municipality is located – in the northwest of the Gavarres massif.

Currently, the castle consists of several buildings, …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Palafolls Castle – a strategic location to control the main road from Girona to Barcelona along the coast

The Palafolls Castle (cat. Castell de Palafolls) is a medieval military building located at the top of the Castle Hill in the municipality of Palafolls (Maresme), not far from the coast. The fortress is located on the crest of an elongated low mountain, stretching from northwest to southeast and almost parallel to the Tordera River. …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Viladecans Red Tower – medieval fortification

The Viladecans Red Tower (cat. Torre Roja de Viladecans) is a medieval fortification located in Viladecans (province of Barcelona, Catalonia) and was originally called Torre Burgesa, because it was here Quadra Burgesa to be controlled.

During the medieval and modern times, the Quadra Burgesa was one of the two territorial jurisdictional units into which the territory …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Muga castle is an old farmhouse converted into a historic castle

The Muga castle (cat. Mas de la Muga) is an old farmhouse converted into a historic castle in the municipality of Belvey (Baix Penedes, Catalonia).

Muga’s old farmhouse is documented as far back as the 11th century. The farmhouse underwent an unsuccessful restoration, followed by destruction.

This building has been declared a Cultural Heritage of National Interest.

The …

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