Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp

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9 Calle Monestir, Barcelona, Spain
932 03 92 82

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A forgotten Monastery! Dec 01, 2008
The documentation about the Monastery of Sant Pau del Camp is very limited and extremely confuse. It was founded between the years 897 to 911 by the Earl Guifre Borrell according to his gravestone found in January 1596, wich at the moment is attached to the wall in the left arm os the church, under the transept.

The old church was completely restored towards the XIII centery with a type of construction based ona Romantic nave, with transepts, three apses and a some. Worked stone was used in the noble and uotstanding parts of it like the main front as well as the highest part of the facade. This type of work can also be found in the blocked arches over the eaves overhang that surround it in the walls and apses of the frontage as well as in the interior part of the nave. Instead, only simple and smaller blocks of rustic stone were employed on the walls. The vault rises on embossed gutter whereas the arches of the transept are semi/circular. A cupola also gutter embossed rises borne on the arches and some conical projecting vaults with an exterior polygonal dome very elevated. The vaulting on the transept arms and of the apses rests ona fine cornice.

Two marble capitals of visigothic tradition were used at the facade, which hold some imposts decorated with geometerial motifs. The majesty of The Lord is being represented on the tympanum relief between Saint Paul and Saint Peter. The Evangelist´s symblic lion and bull emerge at each side of the arch and, between the eagle and the angel, in higher relieves, appears the hand of the Lord in the middle. All those who defrayed the cost of the church are being remembered in the inscription on the lintel.

The construction of the cloister must have followed immediately afterwards. It forms a square/shaped patio with halfway strengthening in the centre of the galleries roaming over some facing columns. Its particularity consists on the lobeshaped arches tradionally Moorish, which lend to it a singular charm.

This monument from the XIII centery still preserved in Barcelona!
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