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Falgars Sanctuary

Cultural tourism

Falgars Sanctuary

per person

Situation

The hermitage of Falgars Virgin is situated in the mountain range of the same name, at an altitude of 1.288 metres.

The horizon is immense and spectacular: to the north, the big mountain range of CadĂ­ and MoixerĂł; to the east, Montgrony, Puigmal and Rasos de Tubau; to the south, CatllarĂ s forests and to the west, the Pedraforca, Rasos de Peguera and Ensija.

It can be reached by paved road and it is 7 kilometres far away from La Pobla de Lillet.

Origins

The sanctuary was built in a place called Falgars (place with great abundance of ferns). The early hermitage must have been in the Romanesque style, as there is an inscription with the year 1049 on the door. On 30th March 1120 its owners, Ramon and Eliardis, donated this church and all its properties and the existing rights for Cerdanya, Conflent and Berguedà, to the Monastery of Sant Llorenç provided that it was maintained. Since 1255 are recorded different donations of Galceran de Pinós and the knight P. De Bach. Since 1288 it is dependent on the parish of Sant Cristòfor de Vallfogona. In 19th March 1646 the foundation stone of the current church was laid. On the door it is still conserved the keystone with the foundation date of the original church and some of its wall remains can still be seen. In 1721 Antoni de Marimon, prosecutor of Fèlix de Marimon and Marquis of Cerdanyola, donated to the administrators the orchards and some terrains around the chapel to fill the sanctuary inn.

The virgin

The image is Gothic style, sculpted in alabaster. The original one probably disappeared as result of a war. Tradition says that an ox and a shepherd from Saus found the Virgin’s image in the middle of some ferns. It was probably hidden there by someone fleeing from the wars besieging the larger villages and that forced its inhabitants to seek refuge in the Pyrenees mountains. The Virgin breast-feeds her son. In the middle of Falgars shade there is the restored cave and the place where the original Virgin was found. She was later moved to the Monastery of La Pobla de Lillet, until a chapel was built in the current place.

Els goigs

The goigs (joys) are accompanied by a cheerful melody and are considered one of the most ancient typical joys. They explain the history of the Virgin’s  finding and the miraculous salvation of an oncle and his nephew in Llobregat river, thanks to the Virgin’s invocation.

Traditions

Falgars Sanctuary has always been a place of pilgrimage, not only for local people and people from the region, but also for those coming from distant lands. The inhabitants of La Pobla come to the sanctuary for any reason or celebration (weddings, onomastics or just for a simple barbecue).

The main festivity is celebrated on the 8th September,  day of the found Virgins, but the meeting takes place on the nearest Sunday.

  • Included
    Falgars Sanctuary
  • Not Included
    Breakfast service
    Bar / Coffee shop
    Assistance animals accepted
    Credit card payment
    Reduced mobility access
    Half board service (breakfast+lunch or dinner)
    Central location
    Own parking
    Swimming pool
    Iron
    Hair dryer
    Television
    Heating
    Air conditioning
    Wifi zone
    Garden / green area
    Playground
    Barbecue
    Fireplace
    Spa
    Conference room
    Washing machine/ laundry service
    Lift
    Telephone
    Terrace
    Pets are accepted

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