House of canons of Santa Maria de Vilabertran (Vilabertran)

What you will find

 
At the end of the 11th century the church of Vilabertran was part of an ecclesiastical reform movement which has bequeathed us a Romanesque complex, today the best conserved example of a Mediaeval house of canons. Following the orders of the Church to fight the nobles' power to impose ecclesiast...

At the end of the 11th century the church of Vilabertran was part of an ecclesiastical reform movement which has bequeathed us a Romanesque complex, today the best conserved example of a Mediaeval house of canons.

Following the orders of the Church to fight the nobles' power to impose ecclesiastical appointments and the moral laxity of its members, Pere Rigau brought together a group of chaplains to live in a community. At the same time three noble families donated the property of the church to the community. In that way, Vilabertran became one of the first Augustinian houses of canons, from where Pere Rigau tried to spread the reform by founding others.

To house the community, between the 12th and 13th centuries accommodation was built around the cloister, forming a unified architectural complex. Later the house of canons was extended with the funeral chapel of the Rocabertí (14th century) and a large courtyard with the rooms that were outside the cloister precinct (18th century).

But the landmark building is the church, which shows the transition of building styles between the 11th and 12th centuries. Inside there is a processional cross, the largest piece of Gothic goldsmithery in Catalonia.

Information for visits

Address

C/ Abadia, 4
17760 Vilabertran (Alt Empordà)
Tel.: 972508787
e-mail: vilabertran.cultura@gencat.cat

Admission charges

Standard: €2,50
Concession: €1,50 
Special concession: €1.00

Entitled to concessionary admission charge:

  • Over 65
  • Under 25
  • Pensioners
  • Families (2 adults and one or more children)
  • Persons with disability certificate

Entitled to special concessionary admission charge:

  • Groups of students with teacher who have made an advance booking between 1 July and 31 August.
  • Persons with large family or single parent card.
  • Families that are fostering a child in the guardianship of the Catalan government, duly accredited.

 Entitled to free admission:

  • Under 8
  • Unemployed
  • Members of ICOM (International Council of Museums) or ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments), duly accredited
  • Members of the Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya, duly accredited.
  • Professional tourist guides, duly accredited
  • Formal education teachers, duly accredited
  • Groups of students with teacher who have made an advance booking between 1 September and 30 June.

Special cases:

  • Free of charge last Tuesday of each month between October and June
  • Groups that book the ticket through travel agencies or similar will be entitled to a 25% discount on the applicable charge. The authorised guide or person accompanying the group will be admitted free of charge.
Opening times

NOTE: These times are now the ones in use. Please ignore any others published earlier on this or any other website or in informative leaflets and triptychs.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

  • From 1 September to 30 Juny:
    from Thursday from Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
    Sundays and local holidays: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

EASTER OPENING TIMES (Last admission 30 minutes before clossing time)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Monday: from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • July and August
    from Tuesday to Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.
 

Guided tours and group visits

Guided tours
Activities aimed at the general public with advance booking on tel. 972387559 or e-mail: reservesspv.acdpc@gencat.cat 
Guided tours with advance booking.
Length of the visit: one hour.

Group visits
 Group visits with advance booking on tel. 972387559 or e-mail: reservesspv.acdpc@gencat.cat

Accessibility

The facilities are equipped for people with disabilities and the blind.

Where to eat and sleep
Services
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