Religious architecture during the Romanesque period in Catalonia (11th-13th centuries): Assessment and critical notes


  • Xavier Barral i Altet Institut d'Estudis Catalans


This article considers the most pressing issues today and takes part in the current debates on Catalan religious Romanesque
architecture. The complex containing the former church see in Egara, now Terrassa, which was recently excavated, is a prime example. The article shall also analyse the issue of the earliest Romanesque art in the 11th century, compare the monastic churches in Ripoll and Cuixà, present new studies on the cathedrals in La Seu d’Urgell, Girona and Vic, and consider interesting problems involving architecture and liturgy, the still undefined transition from the 11th to 13th century and the late Romanesque-style architecture from the 12th to 13th centuries, when Gothic architecture had already taken root in northern France.




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