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“Very attractive church with outstanding cloister”

Monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Ripoll
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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168 reviews
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“Very attractive church with outstanding cloister”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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Australian in rural Victoria
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“Faded glory and lovely cloisters”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta
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“Good History Lesson”
Reviewed 17 October 2012

Took a guided tour. So interesting. Loved to learn about the hand written books, history with the Pope and fires over the centuries. Worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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202 reviews
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“Not a big fan of Romanesque”
Reviewed 29 September 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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“An over-praised disappointment”
Reviewed 5 June 2012

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....

Visited May 2012
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