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“Monks leave vestiges for a reason”

Monestir de Sant Pere de Casserres
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US$153.19*
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Romantic Villages Day Tour with Lunch from Barcelona
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Vic
Certificate of Excellence
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Mauritius
Level 4 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Monks leave vestiges for a reason”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

A realistic rendition of monastic life . Monks may have had a hard life but we note two things : (1) they sure knew how to locate monasteries ( this one has the grandest of views on a dramatic river bend at the bottom of a deep limestone gorge)(2) even though their life looks tough compared to ours , it surely was much ,much better than the life of 95 per cent of humanity at the time ...who had no winter proof lodgings, cellars, places to study and meditate , dormitories and dining rooms ( never mind dinners) .Enlightening visit !

Visited July 2014
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Lancashire
Level 6 Contributor
125 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Superb position”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The real highlight is the walk from the parador de Vic-Sau, along a woodland path high above the river. From a distance, the monastery is in a fabulous position. Now purely a tourist attraction, it lacks some atmosphere, but the building itself and the situation make it a worthwhile visit

Visited June 2014
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wallasey
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“History come alive”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

During our stay in Vic our Catalan guide showed my wife and all the 'must see' places........Vic, Gerona, Barcelona ,Montserrat etc but the visit to this little gem ranks with all of them for atmosphere, surroundings, scenery and the pure pleasure of feeling 'back in time' It was as though the occupants had merely stepped outside for a while so that we could look around.
We could have been the last 3 people left on earth, Pure therapy !

Visited May 2013
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“lovely walk”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

Easy to drive to and well worth a visit. Views are amazing and monastery very interesting. The guide spoke excellent English.

Visited December 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Attractively sited offering great views”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

This monastery is some distance NE outside Vic. It is relatively isolated but there is good road access. It is on a promontory overlooking a the curve of a man made lake. From the parking area (where there is also a restaurant) it is 10 - 15 minute walk to the monastery via one of two paths. There are attractive distant views of the church and from the church. The 11th C church itself is remarkably square and plain, lacking in the typical charm that is the essence of a Romanesque church. There is a rebuilt cloister and a number of interpretive rooms in other church buildings. We visited on a Thursday and it was open (small admission fee), which is important when you want to see the inside of Romanesque churches - many in this region are closed most of the time. This is worth a visit if you are in the area. Some of the buildings were in scaffolding in Oct 2013, but not the church itself.

Visited October 2013
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