Churches and convents

An incalculable heritage

From the Iberians, Romans, Arabs, Templars, Hospitallers, Aragonese, Catalans, and with different styles, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist have left their works and today represent a gem for lovers of architecture. Each village in the Terra Alta has several different monuments worth visiting, some villages are partly a monument. We also have natural monuments such as the ancient olive grove of Horta de Sant Joan, El Pimpoll and Pi ramut d’Arnes.

Churches and convents

Curch of Sant Joan Baptista

During the 13th century-XIV inducted the building of the parish Church of Saint John the Baptist.

The church is Gothic of an only nave coated of turn of creueria, with polygonal letterhead, finestrals ogival and contraforts esglaonats that project at the outside. The apse and the first stretch are the most ancient part, the rest of the edifice finalised among the 15th and 16th centuries. The nave is divided at three stretches desiguals.en the last stretch, at ends of the XVI, constructed a heart elevated on a very recessed turn typical of the Gothic late.

The façade excels for his simplicity, with a flat and broad rectangle with a simple door and a rosette at the top. They frame the parament two contraforts slanted, formula of clear influence Occitan little habitual at our country. Crowning the frontispiece there is one espadanya of two flats remodelled at the 17th century.

The restoration of the Church made at the decade of the years 60 of the 20th century, as well as the installation of the new vitralls that contribute chromatism and natural light at the pool.


Ermita de Sant Antoni Abat

Saint Antoni Abat of Horta of Saint Joan is Horta’s a hermitage of Saint Joan (Earth Alta) included at the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia. There is a chapel with the same name beside the road.

Building very simple of rectangular plant and dimensions reduced. It finds at state of ruin owed partly at the bad quality of the masonry that conformed the master walls. It seems that the interior was ornate with elements of Baroque style and silverware for a dud turn.

It finds emplaçada at the tall part of the oriental side of the mount, ran of the path that takes since the convent of Saint Salvador at the top.


Ermita de Santa Bàrbara

They are aligned with the start of the sun at the equinoxes of spring and autumn. This alignment can not casual being and the only explanation is that the convent of San Salvador and the hermitages of San Onofre and Saint Barbara constructed from the alignment of the cave of the hermitage of Saint Pau and the route del Sol at the equinocis.

How we said these mounts had to holy being for the ibers and since this hermitage view perfectly the depopulated of Saint Antoni of Calaceite.

It finds emplaçada at the tall part of the oriental side of the mount, ran of the path that takes since the convent of Saint Salvador at the top.

Convent de Sant Salvador, o Convent de la Mare de Déu dels Àngels

The Convent of St. Horta’s Salvador is a Franciscan convent also met as a Sta. Maria of the Angels, constructed at the foot of the mount of Saint Salvador, that aixeca east of Horta of Saint Joan, at the Earth Alta.
It was founded the 1543 and transformed at home of recol·lectes the 1576.
The church conserves whole and with cult, but the convent is in ruins. The 1985 the pool of mount and Convent were declared well cultural of national interest.

Architecturally, it treats of a series of edifices of several epochs, among the 12th and 17th centuries, had around a cloister renaixentista. The church is an edifice of the Gothic aixecat during the command templer of the zone and is preceded of an atrium and magnified with lateral chapels at the century xvii.
It has an only nave coated of an armour of cabirons and teula that rests on arcs of diaphragm and the letterhead forms an apse semicircular coated of turn nervada tardoromànica. It is the best example of religious architecture templera in Catalonia.