Monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll

Monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll

Monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll

Monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada7,388 contributions
It was on my list of objectives this year, Catalan monasteries and medieval towns, for a reason. It was closed, the proverbial "siestas", but I waited and was the first to get in at 4:00 when they opened. Ripolll doesn't have much else to offer at this caliber. It is central, next door to the city hall.

It is very clean and well preserved, hard to believe this is a 8th century structure. I loved the cloister, very beautiful and clean, impeccable. Other places are ruin, this one here is very well maintained. In the ticket is included the museum access, next door through the Info office. Plain and boring comparing to the monastery.

Again, Ripoll the town doesn’t have much to offer but this place here justifies every kilometer of the 100 from Girona.
Written September 15, 2019
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Tom O
St. Petersburg, FL223 contributions
Couples
This is a 12th C Romanesque church with several outstanding features. It has a remarkable entry portal, often referred to as a 'stone bible.' The nave is long and narrow, with two side isles and maintains a simply style - no post-Romanesque clutter or modification. There are memorials here for Wilfred the Hairy (9th C) and both Raymond Berrenger III and IV. The French destroyed the original tombs in the 18th C. There is a two level cloister that is dates from the 10th to the 14th C that is quite spectacular. There is a small admission fee. The church is center city and there is street parking in the area. Definitely worth a visit if you are a fan of Romanesque churches.
Written November 19, 2013
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
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For my femme and i,this monastery was the most powerful draw-card in town. It certainly was among the most powerful of its time. It grew,progressively into an intellectual centre for Christian Catalonia. Now,it is ,architecturally speaking, only a shadow of the former monastery remains,nevertheless,the magnificent portal survives.

There is in fact, i am told, in all of Europe,hardly a series of portal carvings,to equal the richness and scope found here. The entire west front of the church is festooned with sculpture - that are thematically arranged - six stone cordons dividing it into six levels. Daniel's visions precede monsters and allusions to human frailty. There's David and the old testament stories mingling into new testament tales.

There is no doubt that the portal testifies to the triumph of the Gospels,the walls are decorated with zodiac signs and images of the months embodying daily life,intertwined with the promise of salvation. A lot of this carving is a testament to the lifting of the Moorish yoke.

We loved,as i am sure,everyone does,the cloister with its beautiful columns,foliated capitals intertwined with numerous figures. the ceilings are amazing with five decorative motifs. I suggest you lie prone ,and gaze up at this incredible sight. We also took in the town museum to appreciate the skilful output of the monastery at Ripoll
Written May 29, 2014
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learningitalianat50
Australian in rural Victoria141 contributions
Couples
Went here to see the intricately carved portal, which is badly weathered and now protected by a glassed in entrance. Even though it is badly damaged in parts, it is still amazing. The interior of the church is mostly modern and of much less interest, but the cloisters next door are worth the visit just by themselves.
Written August 10, 2013
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Patrick_Keogh
Canberra, Australia267 contributions
Friends
The church is nothing special, except for the carving above the entrance doorway. The cloister on the other hand is well proportioned, peaceful and attractive.
Written September 29, 2012
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Jennifer B
Aix-en-Provence, France265 contributions
Couples
Unfortunately all the work that has been done to protect the famous carved and sculpted portal of the monastery has come too late to save it from major degradation. It is virtually impossible to identify anything on what must once have been a spectacular monument - if carved portals are your thing, Moissac or Conques are the places to go....
Written June 5, 2012
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mpremoli
Barcelona, Spain184 contributions
Family
One of the best kept monasteries in Catalunya. You need to go with a guided tour
Written March 11, 2012
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Xavier V
Province of Barcelona, Spain3,674 contributions
Family
When you are traveling to Ripoll you might be interested on tracking, climbing mountains and the incredible landscapes. But visiting Ripoll, and dedicating some time to the benedictine monastery becomes a must.

It is not only because of it is part of the history of the country, it is also impressive the main door, which was proposed to be part of Human Heritage. Monastery is dated IXth century, but many concerns happened, even earthquake partially destroyed it.

But all these stories can be better read while seating and enjoying a soft drink at one of the several bars just in front of the historical building.

Schedule it during any summer afternoon, after a nice excursion to anywhere. Great.
Written October 5, 2017
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C242
Gothenburg, Sweden43 contributions
Couples
The monastery has been restored, and not much remains of the original structures. More of the cloister than the chruch. However the portal is a must see! Romanesque, dating from the 12th century. The portal has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List
Written August 11, 2016
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CBirch76
Sitges, Spain20 contributions
Family
The monastery was renovated in 1880 after being destroyed by an earthquake in 15c. It dates back to 880 and you can also visit the necropolis abd cloisters. Incredible!
Written January 10, 2016
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