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Monastery of Sant Esteve de Banyoles

View of the town of Banyoles from the top of the bell tower of the the Monastery of Sant Esteve de Banyoles church

View of the town of Banyoles from the top of the bell tower of the the Monastery of Sant Esteve de Banyoles church

The Sant Esteve monastery, founded in 812, is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in Catalonia and the origin of the city of Banyoles. It was built on top of a late Roman temple, some of whose remains are still preserved in the subsoil. The earliest known documentary reference is a diploma issued by King Louis the Pious in 822, which granted immunity to the monastery and confirmed its ownership of the lake and its waters.

Throughout the Middle Ages and the Modern Era, the complex suffered a great deal of damage, as a result of which it had to reconstructed and refurbished on several occasions. This is why the current appearance of the monastery corresponds mostly to the neoclassical style (18th century). The last Benedictine monks of the monastery were permanently expelled in the wake of the expropriation of 1835.

The most outstanding buildings include the church, with its central nave and three apses, the bell tower crowned by a dome and the magnificent two-storey cloister.

SPACES

<p>View of the fa&ccedil;ade of the Church of Sant Esteve (Saint Stephen)</p>
The Church
The Church
<p>The monastery&rsquo;s Neoclassical cloister, with a well in the centre</p>
The cloister
The cloister
<p>View of one of the monastery dependencies&nbsp; which today houses the Saint Martiri&agrave; chest.</p>
The chest room
The chest room

OBJECTS

<p>Detail of the front of the Saint Martiri&agrave; chest once it had been restored</p>
Saint Martirià chest
Saint Martirià chest
<p>Front image of the four sepulchres that make up the&nbsp;<em>Carner dels abats</em></p>
The abbots’ cemetery
The abbots’ cemetery
<p>Detail of the mural painting of the Gothic niche</p>
Painted niches
Painted niches
<p><span style="font-size: 8.5pt; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; color: black; background: white;">Detail of two scenes from the altarpiece, with the death and the Assumption of Mary (Baldiri Barat)</span></p>
Altarpiece of Our Lady of L’Es...
Altarpiece of Our Lady of L’Escala

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