The Episcopal See of Egara


The Episcopal See of Egara and its pictorial decoration (5th-8th centuries) is part of the Tentative list of Spain in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Episcopal See of Egara is an architectural complex of three pre-Romanesque churches located in the town of Terrassa, north of Barcelona. The wall paintings in the altar rooms of the three churches of Santa Maria, Sant Miquel and Sant Pere are examples of Christian art from the early Middle Ages, between the 5th and 8th centuries.

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Zoë Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 12-Nov-19 -

This site was added to the tentative a short time before I was supposed to be in Barcelona. I drove to Terrassa before heading into town (yes, I drove into Barcelona and even parked free and safely outside my apartment ;) I did actually book a place to park nearby which I still highly recommend, parking in general looks like a *****). I arrived a bit early not knowing the opening hours and had to wait around, but eventually the ticket office sold me a ticket and I was allowed to go inside ten minutes early. First you see the "museum" part with glass walks. Nothing is really great here. The main attraction is outside.

Three churches are outside, but these aren't actually the original churches. The pamphlet explains it nicely that there are several layers of church history built upon it, almost like the city of Troy just no mythical wooden horse. So of course my first question is what they are really inscribing here, as the old section is buried under others, but the title clearly points out the "5th-8th centuries" decorations which aren't anything special to me - surely they can be unique as the document state. You can see sections of it, with some under glass panels at the museum. The current churches are from the 11th and 12th century.

The first two churches offer very little to see, and the only large one, San Pedro, is still used a regular church. The documents point to "unique" 11 times. I have more of a feeling this is a niche that merges several styles across Europe which makes it seem unique. Excuse my layman's terms.


p.s. sorry I couldn't find my pictures for this, maybe I actually did not take any :o I wouldn't be surprised, or it's not allowed, I forget.

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Successor to former TWHS Tarrasa - Acropolis S.Miguel, S Pedro and Sta Maria (1995), which was the successor to TWHS San Miguel, San Pedro and Santa Maria de Tarrasa, Barcelona (1985)

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