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Church of San Cristòfol

The church of San Cristobal de Castellbell, a Romanesque temple built between the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, stands out for its architectural uniqueness and rich history. Located within the boundaries of the Castellbell castle, this rural church, although it never achieved parish status, has undergone several modifications over the centuries. Its apse, facing north instead of east as is usual in Romanesque architecture, presents a distinctive decoration with Lombard arcatures and lesenes on its exterior, while its interior reveals three diaphragm arches supporting the original wooden roof. Through the restorations carried out in 1979 and 1981, the authenticity of this Romanesque church has been rescued, eliminating layers of plaster and reconstructing its original structure, thus allowing us to appreciate its beauty and simplicity.

Despite the transformations suffered, the Romanesque essence of the church of San Cristóbal de Castellbell remains, highlighting its single nave plan and semicircular apse. Meticulous restoration has revealed significant architectural details, such as the asymmetrical distribution of the diaphragm arches and the later insertion of semicircular arches in the side walls. This temple, although modest in size, reflects the evolution of Romanesque art in Catalonia and its roots in rural life. In addition, its strategic location on the northern slope of Montserrat and its inclusion in the Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya highlight its cultural and patrimonial importance in the region. The church of San Cristóbal de Castellbell, with its robust structure and timeless charm, invites visitors to discover the historical and architectural richness of the Romanesque period in Catalonia.



    • Address
      Carrer de Can Prat, Castellbell i Viar, Barcelona
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    • What to see
      Romanesque church

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