Manresa, Catalonia, Spain

Manresa, an inland town in the province of Barcelona, is the capital of the region of Plà de Bages. From its city centre you can make out the rocky outlines of the Mountains of Montserrat Nature Reserve.

The houses of Manresa are grouped around the basilica of Santa María de la Seo. Although mainly Gothic, the Basilica includes also both Romanesque and Renaissance elements. The reredos are medieval, and constitute important examples of Catalan-Gothic painting. I

Buildings of note are City Hall, the Palace of Justice, and Pont Vell.

The Pont Vell is associated with the worship of San Ignacio de Loyola in Manresa, as well as the architectural compound of Santa Cova. This sanctuary was the home of St. Ignacio de Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, when he stayed in the city.

Manresa has some beautiful Modernist buildings, such as the ones built by local architect Ignasi Oms i Ponsa. Some examples include the house of Torrents, the tower of Lluvià and the flour factory La Florinda.

Hotels in the area

 

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