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The Cathedral and the ice Well

TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE MEDIEVAL SOLSONA

Sitting far from major cities and with poor road connections until just recently, Solsona has developed a peculiar culture and oddball traditions all its own. From hanging donkeys and a miraculous well to mad giants and rogue lightning bolts, the city has a wealth of quaint stories to tell and picturesque corners to explore. We’ll bring these stories to life as we stroll the lovely old city, take in the cathedral, and descend into the recently-discovered ice well.

Cathedral

The collegiate church of Santa María de Solsona was one of the leading canonies of Catalonia. Of the primitive Romanesque church (1070-1163) the three apses, the bell tower, the cloister, the cellar and the dining room of the canons are still preserved. The current cathedral is in the Gothic style, started at the end of the 13th century and finished in the 17th century. To the left of the cruise is the Mercè chapel, with a baroque altarpiece. On the right, there is the chapel where the image of the Virgen del Claustre (patron saint of the city), from the 12th century, is cataloged as one of the most important sculptures of Catalan Romanesque.

The ice pool

Circular plan structure covered with a dome, which served to store the ice obtained from the Negre River or from the place known as the Bofia. It was used from the 17th to the 19th centuries. During the colder months the ice was stored and sold from April to November

Guided visits are made for groups to be arranged, by appointment at +34 663 668 184 or at solsonaturisme@ajsolsona.cat