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Saint Vincent of Cardona Church

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Church of Sant Vicenç. Photographer: bearfotos
The impressive collegiate church of San Vicente, built between 1029 and 1040, is the most important element of the Cardona castle's monumental complex. The grandiosity, the unity of style and the elegance of this building have made it one of the masterpieces of the first Catalan Romanesque.

The church, which is preceded by a porticoed atrium, has a Latin cross plan with three naves separated by cruciform pillars and topped by semicircular apses, with a non-striking transept. The larger central nave is very tall and covered by a spectacular barrel vault. The two side naves are much narrower, with a groin vault. The presbytery and the central apse are higher, since below there is an interesting crypt.

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The decoration of the church, very austere, corresponds to the Lombard Romanesque style.

Highlights

✔ The two tombs attached to the walls of the transept. The largest is the mausoleum of Ferran Joan Ramon Folc Duke of Cardona, in the Renaissance style.
✔ The dome supported by four horns, with a central oculus, which crowns the transept. On the outside it becomes an octagonal lantern tower.

Contact
Església de Sant Vicenç de Cardona
Castell de Cardona, s/n
08261 Cardona (Barcelona)
informacio@cardonaturisme.cat
Tel.: +34 938 692 798
Opening hours
• June to September
Tuesday to Sunday, holidays included: 10am - 7.30pm
• October to May
Tuesday to Sunday, holidays included: 10am - 5.30pm
• Closed: Mondays (except holidays), January 1 and 6, December 25 and 26
Guided tours
• July to September
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am (Spanish), 1pm (Catalan) and 5pm (Catalan)
• October to June
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am (Spanish), 1pm (Catalan) and 4.30pm (Catalan)
Prices
General admission: 5 €
Reduced admission: 3 €
Free admission: Children under 16, unemployed people
Guided tour of Cardona Castle complex (1h 30 minutes)
Adults: 8 €
Retired and young people: 6 €
Children from 7 to 11 years old: 4 €
Children up to 7 years: free
Adult groups: 7 € / person
School groups: 4 € / person
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