Braver now, my excursions go further afield. The latest outing was to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes on the Costa Brava. This remarkable compound, built mostly in the 10th and 11th centuries, sits 520 meters above the sea on Mount Verdera where it has an impressive, uninterrupted view of the coastline. How they managed to build it, I can’t imagine. But having done so, the Benedictine monks abandoned it 1798 to move inland where there were fewer French troops and bandits to disturb the monastic peace.
Having been plundered many times over and falling into ruin, it was declared a monument of national historic and artistic interest in 1930 and since then, sporadic work has been done on it until finally, between 1989 and 1999 an important restoration project was carried out.
|Only two fragments remain of the|
marble reliefs that once adorned the
entry to the church
|11th century lower cloister|
|Now a restaurant|
|Looking up into one of the towers|
|Hiking paths here, there, and everywhere|