Mentioned for the first time in 1018, the St. Mary's Church, owned by the bishops of Elne, was acquired by count Wilfred II of Cerdanya, who made their capital in the town, in 1025. In 1094 count William I ordered the construction of a monastery here, which was founded in 1097 and entrusted to the Augustinians.

Until 1167, the priory acquired numerous privileges and possessions, including castles and villages. In 1356 King Peter III of Aragon ceded to the monks the old palace of the counts.

In the 14th century the church was fortified with a line of walls featuring pyramidal merlons. The priory continued to increase in importance until its secularization in 1592. After the French Revolution in 1789 it was repeatedly modified.

The church, in Romanesque style, has a façade in pink marble, surmounted by a tympanum decorated by a Madonna enthroned with Child and Angels. The columns supporting the archivolts have capitals with rampaging lions, palms and sheep. The circular apse features exteriorly Lombard bands and a sawtooth-shaped frieze, as well as three windows with archivolts over small columns.

The interior is on a nave and two aisles. It houses a retablo by Jaume Cascalls (1345). The bell tower is in Lombard Romanesque style; it has Lombard bands decorating each of the three storey, the middle one having two windows and the upper one a large arch.

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Founded: 1097
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Beulock cod (3 years ago)
Très belle architecture
Joan Hilari Muñoz Sebastià (3 years ago)
Dintre de l'església d'estil romànic hi ha un meravellós, tot i que prou descurat, retaule gòtic de pedra del mestre Jaume Cascalls.
Oriol Casanovas (3 years ago)
Nice 12th century church, with well preserved front door and absis. Reconstructed bell tower but still preserving the style. While it is a bit off the beaten path (most people pass by to go to Canigó), it is worth a quick visit.
Philippe Lautard (3 years ago)
Belle église d'architecture romane
Josep L A (4 years ago)
Una església romànica preciosa. Llàstima que per veure l'interior facin pagar.
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