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Discovering la Seu d'Urgell

La Seu d’Urgell, it will surprise you...as it surprise us every morning.

La Seu is located at an ancestral crossroads. In the Bronze Age there was already a town on the Castellciutat hill.

The Romans built a small town on the plain. With the consecration of the first catherdral in the VI century, the city of Urgell began to show exponential growth.

Its strategic position and the political power of the bishopric consolidated La Seu as one of the most important cities in mediaeval Catalonia. Today it is an active city, a centre for services and the cultural capital of a large area of the Pyrenees.

The monumental Cathedral

Santa Maria Catedral, built in the 12th century, is the most emblematic monument in the city. It is also the only Romanesque cathedral that has been conserved in Catalonia.

 

The cloister is set against the south façane of the cathedral. It has three Romanesque galleries and one created by restoration work in the early 17th century.

The capitals ore decorated with a great variety of motifs, ranging from vegetation to images on monsters.

  • Sant Miquel Church: 

In Romanesque style, built in the 11th century adjoining the cloister of the cathedral

  • The Diocesan Museum:

Contains a valuale collection of religious art from the whole Bishopric, including:

-  Wall paintings

-  A collection of Romanesque images of the Virgin.

-  A Gothic Altarpiece from Abella de la Conca by Pere Serra (1364)

-  A silver urn of Sant Ermengol (Saint Ermenegilo), by Pere Lleopart (1755)

  •  The Sant Agustí Library:

The Sant Agusti Library occupies the premises of the church belonging to the Sant Agustí monastery.

  •  Porticoed streets:

- Carrer dels Canonges, with the Casa Luna and the Casa del Pelegrí.

- Carrer Major, with the Mesures de la Bladeria (corn measures).

  •  Valira park:

Located beside the river Valira, this park contains a replica of the cathedral’s cloister, built in the 20th century and designed by the writer and urbanist Lluis Racionero. The capitals of the columns are sculpted with the most relevant personalities of the 20th century.

A panorama of the city

La Seu d'Urgell Capital of Alt Urgell. Altitude 690 m. Geographica situation:  on the urgellet plain, between the rivers Segre and Valira, presided over by the Cadí mountain range and between the axial Pyrenees and Pre-pyrenees. It borders with the Principality of Andorra, the valley of Cerdanya and Pallars Sobirà.

Tourist attractions:

.Pyrenean landscape . Monumental mediaeval town . Olympic facilities of the Segre Park . Mountain bike center . Cross-country skiing . Fairs, markets, accommodation and cuisine