Sant Pere de Rodes monumental complex (El Port de la Selva)
What you will find
At the head of the Verdera Sierra rises one of the most interesting complexes for discovering the Mediaeval world. Here we find three elements that represent the pillars of feudal society: those who pray, in Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery; those who produce, in the village of Santa Creu; and those who fight, in Verdera Castle.
The centre of the complex is the Monastery of Sant Pere, which became the most important one in the country of Empúries both for the leading role of its abbots and because it was a major centre o pilgrimage thanks to the relics in its custody.
From the time it was founded it enjoyed the protection of the Counts of Empúries, who endowed it with lands and privileges, which made it an important feudal lord in its own right. Among its domains was Santa Creu de Rodes, a village engaged fundamentally in trade and craftsmanship, which met the needs of the monastery. Thanks to the pilgrimages, it thrived between the 12th and 14th centuries and had as many as 250 inhabitants. But wars, looting and the ravages of blighted harvests and epidemics eventually drove everyone away, never to return.
The safety of the complex depended on Sant Salvador de Verdera Castle, which symbolises the warrior aspects of feudal society. The fortress had been donated to the monastery by the Counts of Empúries, but when they realised its strategic value, dominating Cap de Creus, they tried to recover it by provoking constant confrontations with the abbots.
The outstanding element of the complex is the monastery church which, for its originality and antiquity, is an excepcional piece of Catalan Romanesque. Built between the 10th and 11th centuries to house the pilgrims, it enables us to grasp the splendour of the monastery. The building is notable for the great height provided by an original system of pillars and double columns, and for the richness of the ornamentation on the capitals and the almost vanished doorway, the work of the Mestre de Cabestany.
Information for visits
Entitled to concessionary admission charge:
- People aged 65 and over.
- Carnet Jove holders.
- International Student Identity Card holders.
- Large or single-parent family book holders.
- Groups of ten or more people who are not tourists. If any of the persons entitled to free admission continues to enjoy this rate.
Entitled to free admission:
- Children aged under 16.
- Unemployed people upon presentation of proof of their status.
- Accredited members of the ICOM (International Council of Museums) or ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments).
- Accredited members of the Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya.
- Accredited professional tourist guides upon presentation of proof of their status.
- Teachers who work in education centres that provide government-regulated education, accredited by the head of their education centre.
- Accredited members of the press visiting in the course of their duties who have provided prior notification of hteir visit in writing.
- Disabled people upon presentation of a certificate confirming their disabled status. The person accompanying them will also benefit from a reduced admission rate if the disabled status certificate states that the disabled person requires a companion.
- Foster families upon presentation of proof of their status.
- School parties (pupils in the general education system and special education with teaching staff) with a prior booking.
- Free admission on the last Tuesday of every month between 1 October and 30 June
- Groups that book through a tourism-related agency, operator or similar company will benefit from a 25% reduction on the applicable admission rate. The authorised guide or person accompanying the group will be given free admission.
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 Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays.
- From 1 October to 31 May: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
EASTER OPENING TIMES (Last admission 30 minutes before closing time)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
- From 1 June to 30 September: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
SCHEDULE SAINT HELENA OF RODES JULY AND AUGUST
From Tuesday to Sunday: from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m., and from 4.00 p.m. to 6.15 p.m.
Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.
Guided tours for individuals
Activities for the general public. Check out our guided tours program in the Hightlights section or ask for more information on tel.: 972387559 or e-mail email@example.com
Guided tours for groups
Visits for groups or individuals who wish a private visit with one of the guides of the monument. You can make the booking of your visit on tel.: 972387559 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The facilities are not equipped for people with disabilities.
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Closed 20, 21, 22 and 23, October 2017.
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